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Men's 

Nov. 25-27 (Fri-Sun) at Big Isle Invitational 

VCU vs. Hawaii at Hilo 12:45 
Nov. 30 (Wed) LIBERTY 7:30 
Dec. 3 (Sat) ALABAMA 7:30 
Dec. 5 (MonI at Tennessee-Martin (1 1401 8:30 
Dec. 10 (Sat) at Florida International 7:30 
Dec. 18 (Sunl at Illinois State (1 140) 2:00 J^^^^ 

Dec. 21 (Wedl TENNESSEE STATE 7:30 f\)y<^ 

Dec. 28 (Wedl MOUNT ST, MARY'S 7:30 ^/^ 
Dec. 31 (Sat) RHODE ISLAND 1:00 
Jan. 3 (Tue) GEORGE MASON (1 140) 7:30 
Jan. 5(Thu) LOUISVILLE* 7:30 
Jan. 7 (Sat) SOUTH FLORIDA* 1:00 
Jan. 11 (Wed) at Richmond 1950) 7:30 
Jan. 14 (Sat) at Virginia Tech* (Raycom) 12:00 
Jan. 18 (Wed) at James Madison (950) 7:30 
Jan. 21 (Sat) VIRGINIA UNION (1 140) 1:00 
Jan. 26 (Thu) UNC CHARLOTTE* (Prime) 8:00 
Jan. 28 (Sat) at South Florida* 7:00 
Feb. 1 (Wed) RADFORD 1950) 7:30 
Feb. 4 (Sat) SOUTHERN MISS* (1 140) 1:00 
Feb. 6 (Mon) Old Dominion (at Hampton) 7:30 
Feb. 8 (Wed) at Tulane" (Prime) 8:00 
Feb. 1 1 (Sat) at Southern Miss* (Raycom) (1 1 40) 3:00 
Feb. 18 (Sat) at UNC Charlotte* (Raycom) (1 140) 3:00 
Feb. 23 (Thu) VIRGINIA TECH* (Prime) 7:30 
Feb. 25 (Sat) TUU\NE* (Raycom) 1:00 
Mar. 2 (Thu) at Louisville* 7:30 
Mar. 10-12 IFri-Sun) at Metro Conference Tournament 

Louisville, KY 

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Home games in all CAPS 
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Women's 

Nov. 12 (Sat) AUSTRIA HERZOGENBURG (Exhibition) 2:00 
Nov. 26 (Sat) LIBERTY 7:30 
Nov. 30 (Wed) OLD DOMINION 5:00 
Dec. 3-4 ISat-Sun) at lona Tournament TBA 
Dec. 7 (Wed) MD-EASTERN SHORE 7:00 
Dec. 9 IFri) at James Madison 7:30 
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Dec. 29 (Thu) UNC-WILMINGTON 7:00 
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yj Jan. 8 (Sun) VIRGINIA TECH* 2:00 
yjr Jan. 10 (Tue) at East Carolina 7:00 

Jan. 13(Fn) TULANE* 7:00 
Jan. 17 (Tue) at Morgan State TBA 
Jan. 22 (Sun) UNC CHARLOTTE* 2:00 
Jan. 29 (Sun) at Louisville* 2:00 
Feb. 3(Fn) at Tulane* 7:00 
Feb. 5 (Sun) at Southern Mississippi* 2:00 
Feb. 8 (Wed) RICHMOND 7:00 
Feb. 12 (Sun) SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI* 2:00 
Feb. 17 (Fril at Virginia Tech* 7:00 
Feb. 19 ISun) at UNC Charlotte* 2:00 
Feb. 21 (Tue) WILLIAM & MARY 7:00 
Feb. 24 (Fri) LOUISVILLE* 7:00 
Feb. 26 (Sun) SOUTH FLORIDA* 2:00 
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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 

Peggy Adams '87BGS/NTS 

President 

Marsha S. Shuler '74BS '79MA/B 
President-Elect 

Claire A. Collins '84MPA/C&PA 

Secretary 

M. Kenneth Magill '65BS/B '69MS/E 

Treasurer 

Nicholas W.Orsi'65BS/B 

Piist President 



Chairs of School Alumni Boards 

Jan R. Parrish '89MSW/SW 

School of Social Work 

Faye J. Greene '89M1S/NTS 

Nontraditional Studies Program 

Thomas L Mountcastle '75AS '81BS/B 
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Linda B. Vines '82MSW/SW 

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VOL. ^, NO. 3 
FALL 1994 



Staff 

Mary Ellen Mercer 

editor 

Ben Comatzer 

art director 

John Sarvay 

campus currents 

Phaedra Staton 

class notes 

BUines 

director of alumni activities 



Shafer Court Connections is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic 
Campus of Virginia 
Commonwealth 
University in Richmond 
VCU is a public, urban 
university with an enroll- 
ment of 2 1 .000 smdents 
on the Academic and 
Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The 
magazine is published 
three times a year by VCU 
Alumni Activities. 

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I just wanted to tell you how 
much my wife and I have enjoyed 
your pubUcation. We only 
recently got back to Richmond 
and we were very nostalgic for 
our days at VCU. Seeing all of the 
different people on Shafer Court 
was a welcome change from the 
frat boys of UVA. Grad school 
and medical school are tough, but 
if there is anyway we can help out, 
give us a call. (As honors students 
we did a lot of PR as undergrads 
for VCU.) 

Tom and Kristi Franklin '93BS/ 
H&S 

Congratulations on a nice issue of 
Shafer Court Connections. I partic- 
ularly enjoyed the "Live Poets 
Society" (clever title) and "Small 
Cluster, Big Impact." 

Although he left two years 
ago, I really feel strongly that 
"Live Poets" should have given 
credit to Dave Smith (whom 
Maurice Duke helped recruit) 
who played a major role in getting 
the Creative Writing program 
going. 

Also, why no mention of 
Paule Marshall? I know she has 
already received a lot of publicity 
over the past two years, but not to 
mention her and her book 
Daughters in the VCU Writes 
sidebar strikes me as a major 
oversight. 

These comments are not 
meant in any way to detract from 
the contributions of those 
featured, and I particularly like 
the way the article gives one a 
sense of how poets interact. 

ElskevP.Smith 

Thank you for mentioning both 
Paule Marshall (who retired in 
May) and Dave Smith. Marshall 
also received the Presidential 
Medallion at Commencement 
(page 7 j. In a further writer 
update, Dennis Danvers' 
'89MFA/H&S second novel , Time 
After Time, is in bookstores. Poet 
Richard McCann '72BA/H&S was 
on campus to read in November. 
Sheri Reynolds' '92MFA/H&S 
first novel, Bitterroot Landing, due 
in January, is already generating 



interest in Europe. Agymah 
Kamau's '92MFA/H&S first novel 
will appear in summer '95. 

I would like to add my congratu- 
lation on your new Shafer Court 
Conneaions — my only regret, I 
did not receive your first issue. 
'Tis probably still floating around 
in the maO. Perhaps Internet is 
the answer! 

As a graduate of umpteen 
years ago, I especially enjoyed 
Reunion '94 in your current issue. 
Aged me a bit, but brought back 
many pleasant memories. 

Best to you on your continued 
success. 

FarreU Stubbs Laughlin '4388/6 

True to its name, the new alumni 
magazine gave me a renewed 
sense of connection to the univer- 
sity and reminded me how the 
VCU experience opened my life 
to a world of new possibilities and 
experiences. 

In 1964, 1 timidly approached 
VCU. I was a youngish housewife 
with four small children and a 
high school diploma. The faculty , 
especially Thelma Biddle, my first 
teacher and advisor, and the 
students welcomed me to 
academic life. VCU provided me 
with a superb preparation for 
professional life, as well as friend- 
ships that endure to this day. 

Helen Banc Pecht'69BS 

'75MEd/E 

Helen Pecht also included informa- 
tion on her research in corrections 
and a presentation she made in 
1991 to the European Prison 
Association. We plan to feature 
alumni in corrections and criminal 
justice in an upcoming issue. 

I just want to tell you how much I 
liked the latest issue. Good 
stories. Good layout. Good pho- 
tographs. Really, it's just great. 

Nick Sharp 

I was glad to see the online article 
in Shafer Court Connections. In 
response to your request for ideas 
for alumni news, one possibility: 



A number of graduates of 
Mass Communications (news edi- 
torial track) seem to be doing 
quite well. Louise Seals 
'83MS/MC is managing editor of 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
Mary Kress '74BS/MC is 
managing editor of the Florida 
Times- Union in Jacksonville. Carl 
Crothers '79BS/MC is assistant 
managing editor of the Tampa 
Tribune. Dan Shorter '78BS/MC 
advanced to upper management 
of the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post last I 
heard. George Crutchfield would 
know if any other of his former 
students are now out front at 
other newspapers. 

Anyway, enjoyed the 
magazine. 

Can I access the VCU part of 
the Internet? How? I am on 
America Online. Thanks. 

McGregor McCance '91BS/MC 

If you can reach Gopher Servers 
from your service, VCU is there. Or 
call your service help line and ask 
them. Each network service has dif- 
ferent degrees and ways of access to 
the Net VCU' s Internet address: 
cabell.vcu.edu. VCU VIEWS on the 
World Wide Web: 
Http://opal.vcu.edu. 
Mass Comm graduates will find 
coverage of the schools alumni 
picnic and dance on page 29. 

Letters, calls, email. Keep it 
coming! We may edit for length or 
clarity, and we'll correct your typos. 
Contact us at Shafer Court 



Connections; VCLfA/wm«i 
Activities; PO Box 843044; 
Richmond, VA 23284-3044 . 
Fax: (804) 828-0878. Email 
mercer@cabell.vcu.edu. Phone: 
(804) VCU-ALUM (828-2586). 




Tina Robertson '86BFAyA found 
enough drama right here in the 
Richmond area. She teaches at 
Monacan High School. Thanks to 
Tina and her students (1-r), Stuart 
Hollins, Sara Rudd and Blaine 
Ashworth for posing for the cover 
photo. Kevin Schindler 
'89BFA/A donated his skills to 
shoot the photo. Andre Lucero 
'90BFA/A created the glamorous 
aura with the fog machine. And 
the Science Museum of Virginia 
provided the location. 




The Way We Were 

You might catch a whiff of RPI nostalgia from this photo. One more 

hint — it's Franklin Street. See page 32. 

PHOTO: RICHMOND NEWSPAPERS, INC, 



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PHOENIX SUNS 
STAR SHINES ON 
SIEGEL CENTER 

It sounds like an unlikely team- 
up. After all, Charles Barkley is 
the power forward of the NBA's 
Phoenix Suns and one of the 
hottest names in the game. Stuart 
Siegel is a successful businessman, 
more famous for his savvy in the 
marketplace than for his free- 
throw stats. 

But the NBA superstar and 
the CEO of S&K Famous Brands 
have joined forces to co-chair a 
$10.25 million fundraising effort 
for VCU's planned Convocation 
and Recreation Center. The 
private, five-year campaign is 
expected to raise $10.25 million 
toward the center's $25 million 
construction and operating cost. 

A strong VCU supporter and 
a member of the Board of 
Visitors, Siegel has already 
boosted this campaign with a 
planned gift valued at $4 to $7 
million which will assure endow- 
ment income to run the Center. 
VCU says thanks by naming the 
Stuart C. Siegel Center after its 
chief benefactor. In October, 
VCU welcomed Siegel into the 
Founders' Society, which recog- 
nizes individual, corporate and 
foundation donors of $100,000 or 
more. 

Barkley, a three-year starter at 
Auburn University where VCU's 
Sonny Smith coached men's bas- 
ketball from 1978-89, said, "In 
my visits to see Coach Smith, I 
have developed a strong affection 
for VCU and its athletic depart- 
ment. I am pleased to help this 
great university and its students." 

The campaign announcement 
was a three-pointer. In addition 
to the Barkley-Siegel team-up, 
VCU announced a major agree- 
ment with the Pepsi Cola 
Company. Pepsi will become the 
sole soft drink supplier at VCU. 
The agreement is expected to 
generate $8.5 million in revenue 
for the university, half of which 
will be allocated toward the 
center. (Say, "Pepsi, yo!") 

VCU's planned 176,000 
square-foot Convocation and 
Recreation Center will be built at 
the northwest corner of Broad 
and Harrison Streets. Space is 
designed to be flexible, and will 
include recreation space for 
students. Student activities fees 
will fund half the cost. 



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More than one year ago, members of the VCU community agreed on a vision for our future and 
presented that agreement to our Board of Visitors in the form of "A Strategic Plan for the Future 
of Virginia Commonwealth University." Since that time, we have stepped up to the challenge of 
implementing our plan. 

The major story in strategic planning this year has been organizational. We established nine 
interdisciplinary centers. We merged two schools to create a new School of Medicine. We elimi- 
nated the School of Community and Public Affairs and located departments to other areas. We 
signed an unprecedented Memorandum of Understanding with Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
and State University to establish a School of Engineering at VCU. We are in the middle of an 
extensive administrative review process with a goal to cut 15 percent of our administrative 
expenses. And we have hired a new vice provost for information technology. 

Our fiiture strategic success wiU be, in many respects, more challenging. For example, incorpo- 
rating the recommendations of the administrative review process lies ahead as does implementing 
our academic priorities — those programs that we want to strengthen, reduce, or eliminate. The 
Board of Visitors recently approved the recommendations of the Faculty Roles and Rewards 
Committee; now these must be put in place. We also face fundamental questions surrounding 
enrollment management, specifically who we are going to admit and how we are going to retain 
them. In the area of capital planning, we must make decisions about off-campus expansion. And, 
we must evaluate our internal resources and fund-raising priorities to ensure that the resources 

are there to support our plan. 
Our credibility as an institu- 
tion is at stake in how well we 
succeed with our strategic plan. 
A lot of groups — not the least of 
them our alumni — are watching 
us and, I might add, wishing us 
well. That interest signifies to 
me just how important this 
University is to the community 
and the Commonwealth. In 
many respects, our success is 
their gain. 

Our strategic plan also answers 
the call of the General Assembly 
and the State Council of Higher 
Education for Virginia for restructuring plans. In fact, we are ahead of the pack in this regard. 
Not only was our plan completed a year before such restructuring plans were due, but its initia- 
tives respond to all the issues of importance to Virginia's political leadership: the future deploy- 
ment of the faculty, the effectiveness of academic programs, cost containment, and preparing for 
enrollment increases. 

Most importantiy, our plan is not simply a response to revenue downturns or state priorities. 
It is our blueprint for becoming a leader among urban universities in the country. We believe that 
vision is essential to the delivery and quality of higher education 
in Virginia. 

EUGENE P. IRANI 
PRESIDENT 




Power Starters. Charles Barkley, Dr. Tram and Stuart Siegel open the 
campaign for VCU's convocation and recreation center. 

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THE MECHANICS 
OF GROWTH: 
SCHOOL OF 
ENGINEERING 
SELECTS SITE 
The proposed School of 
Engineering has moved toward 
actualization m recent months. 
The Board of Visitors has 
approved a site for the 80,000 
square-foot facility and submitted 
a proposal to the State Council of 
High Education (SCHEV) for 
review. 

The school is scheduled to 
open in the fall of 1996, with its 
first students graduating in 2000. 
The building wUl be on the north 
side of Gary Street between Pine 
and Belvidere Streets. The $20 
million construction and start-up 
costs will be privately funded, but 
the school will require about $2 
million in state support annually. 

The Board of Visitors' 195- 
page proposal to SCHEV outlines 
the school's academic and organi- 
zational structure. McGee says the 
school will offer programs in elec- 
trical, chemical, mechanical and 
biomedical engineering. The 
eight-year-old Commonwealth 
graduate program in engineer- 
ing — telecourses offered together 
with Virginia Tech, UVa and Old 
Dominion University — also will 
become part of the proposed new 
school. 

NOBEL PRIZE 
WINNER HAS 
TIES TO VCU 

One of this year's Nobel Prize 
vidnners in Medicine, Dr. Martin 
Rodbell, has ties to VCU's 
Department of Pharmacology and 
Toxicology, where he is a visiting 
lecturer each spring. 

Rodbell, recently retired from 
the National Institute of Environ- 
mental Health Sciences at 
Research Triangle Park, NC, will 
split the Nobel Prize with Dr. 
Alfred G. Gdman of the Texas 
Southwestern Medical Center at 
Dallas. 

The two researchers discov- 
ered proteins that are paramount 
in helping scientists understand 
diseases that affect tens of thou- 
sands of people worldwide. The 
proteins carry messages from 



hormones on the outside of the 
cell to the inside of the cell, where 
they trigger a series of chemical 
and biological reactions. 

Rodbell's VCU connection is 
the result of his friendship with 
Dr. George Kunos, chairman of 
the pharmacology and toxicology 
department. Rodbell met most 
recently with VCU graduate 
students and faculty in March. 




DISTINGUISHED 
LEADER 

VCU President Eugene Trani has 
received the National Association 
for Community Leadership 
(NACL) 1994 Distinguished 
Leadership Award for his exem- 
plary leadership in the Richmond 
community and nationally. The 
award brings national recognition 
to the university as well, high- 
lighting the success of Dr. Trani's 
efforts to make VCU the model of 
the new urban university. In four 
years at VCU, Trani has built 
numerous partnerships with 
VCU's community, not only in 
Richmond and Virginia, but 
worldwide. 

NEW VICE 
PROVOST FOR 
TECHNOLOGY 

VCU's goal to make the "virtual 
university" a reality has been bol- 
stered by the appointment of 
Arthur S. Gloster II as vice 
provost of the Office of 
Information Technology, a new 
position at the university. A 1974 
graduate of Virginia Tech, Gloster 
joins VCU from California 
Polytechnic State University in 
California. 

"Dr. Gloster's arrival signals 
a dramatic move in the way 



students, staff and faculty will 
access information through com- 
puters," says Dr. Grace Harris, 
VCU's provost and vice president 
for academic affairs. As he did at 
Cal Poly, Gloster wiU help faculty 
here use technology to integrate 
video, animation, live interviews 
and text into lectures. VCU 
students will have more access to 
information technologies. 

MASS COMM 
NAMES INTERIM 
DIRECTOR 

loyce Wise Dodd has been named 
interim director of the School of 
Mass Communications while the 
school reopens a national search 
for a permanent director. Dodd's 
focus is on curricular reform, 
alumni relations and strategic 
planning. 

For the past two years, Dodd 
has been executive producer of 
Crosstalk, a VCU public affairs 
program broadcast on 
Richmond's FOX-TV affiliate. 



She also worked as a moderator, 
scriptwriter, editor and narrator 
for special projects produced by 
Richmond public television. 

THEY CAME, THEY 
CARED, THEY 
VOLUNTEERED 

Thirty-six VCU students have 
responded to President Clinton's 
calls for community service, 
joining thousands of students 
nationwide in AmeriCorps. 
Volunteers work with community 
agencies in exchange for a small 
stipend and educational grant. 
VCU students are with schools 
and chnics in Richmond. 

THE BEST 

OF THE CLASS 

Once again, VCU's schools have 
been recognized by U. S. News & 
World Report as outstanding. In 
the national magazine's annual 
graduate program ranking, three 
VCU schools and one major 
department placed in the top 25 




KICK UP YOUR HEELS! 

The first of VCU's major dance productions has left the stage, but the 
Department of Dance and Choreography stiU has a hot foot. Stellar per- 
formances featuring students, faculty and visiting artists are slated for 
winter and early spring. 

Then comes the big transition, when the former Lee Art Theater on 
Grace Street is renovated as the dance department's new home. "It's going 
to be very dancer-friendly," says Chris Burnside, department chairman. 
"It's being designed to be used for dance production, and you don't see 
many theaters like that in the country." The move is planned for 
September. 

The season began in rip-roaring fashion with National Endowment 
for the Arts fellowship artist Doug Varone and his eight-member dance 
company. Varone is wrapping up his three-year residency with the dance 
department, where he team-taught master classes with faculty. 
Upcoming dance performances include fall senior projects on December 
10-11; a concert by Ron Brown on January 28; annual student/faculty 
concerts, March 3-5; a lecture and demonstration by Sally Nash on April 
8; and spring senior projects on April 22-23. For information or tickets. 



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in the nation. The Master of Fine 
Arts program in the School of the 
Arts ranked 25th. The School of 
Pharmacy ranked 10th, tying four 
other schools, including the 
University of North Carolina at 
Chapel HiU. The School of 
Dentistry tied with Harvard 
University at 13th. The 
Department of Health 
Administration ranked ninth, 
above Yale and Duke Universities. 

The annual rankings are the 
results of polls of deans and 
senior faculty from universities 
across the United States. Each 
school was rated according to 
reputation for scholarship, cur- 
riculum and the quality of faculty 
and graduate students. 

THREE ALUMNI 
JOIN VCU BOARD 

Four new members — three of 
them alumni of the university — 
have been named to the universi- 
ty's Board of Visitors by Gov. 
George Felix Allen Jr. 
Dr. Percy Wootton '57 '60HS/M, 
of Richmond, is an alumnus of 
VCU and Lynchburg College; Dr. 
David Vaughan '73M, of 
Lynchburg, is a member of the 
Medical School Advisory Council 
and a physician with First Colony 
Life Insurance; Edward Flippen 
'65BS/B, of Richmond, is an 
attorney with Mays and 
Valentine. Richmond ophthal- 
mologist Dr. Lindley Smith is a 
graduate of Meharry College 
School of Medicine. 

NOVELIST JOINS 
ENGLISH FACULTY 

Marita Golden, novelist and 
advocate of African-American 
literary scholarship, has joined the 
faculty of the English department 
at VCU, filling the position left by 
retiring writer Paule Marshall. 
"It's a nice symmetry that I 
am the one taking her place 
because I studied fiction under 
her in New York," Golden told 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
Golden has published five books, 
including the autobiographical 
Migrations of the Heart and Wild 
Women Don't Wear No Bhies: 
Black Women Writers on Love, 
Men and Sex, a collection of 15 




COMPASSIONATE 
AND EFFECTIVE 

Former dean of the School of Social 
Work and VCU's first woman vice 
president died August 10 in 
Richmond at 73. Elaine Zipes 
Rothenberg joined the social work 
faculty of Richmond Professional 
Institute in 1960. She was director 
of field work, director of admissions 
and then assistant dean of the 
school before she became dean in 
1972. In 1982, she was named uni- 
versity professor and director of 
university self-study. She retired in 
1988 as vice president for academic 
affairs. 

"She tied the community to the 
school and was one of the first 
deans in the university to use a 
community advisory board," said 
Dr. Grace Harris '60MSW/SW, 
VCU's provost and vice president 
for academic affairs, who succeeded 
Rothenberg as dean. "Elaine built 
VCU's School of Social Work into 
one of national renown." 

Rothenberg's commitment to 
her profession was driven by com- 
passion for those it served. She 
worked to build community and 
government support for the profes- 
sion and to set national standards 
for social work education. A col- 
league commented that she "left her 
mark on every school in the 
country." She served on review 
committees for the Institutes of 
Mental Health from 1981 until her 
recent illness. 

Rothenberg was presented with 
VCU's Presidential Medallion at her 
retirement, and an award for the 
outstanding student in the School 
of Social Work is named in her 
honor. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF 
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 
AND ARCHIVES, JAMES 
BRANCH CABELL LIBRARY 



"A TEACHER OF 
TEACHERS" 

Dr. Robert lanke, professor 
emeritus of theatre and director of 
the speech and communication 
program in the Department of 
Theatre, died July 27. 

lanke was director of the 
program from 1976 until his retire- 
ment in 1991. "He came to us with 
quite a deal of experience, especially 
in business," said Richard Newdick, 
chairman of the Department of 
Theatre. "He was ver)' efficient, very 
patient with students and adjunct 
faculty. In essence, he was a teacher 
of teachers." 

Theatre business manager 
Chuck Dierkus says, "His students 
just loved him. He worked very 
hard for them. And he was fun to be 
around." Dierkus had a windowless 
basement office like lanke's and 
ne.xt to it. "Janke used to call me 
from home on rainy days and ask 
me to shut his window so it 
wouldn't rain on his desk," he 
recalls with a chuckle. 

Janke was president of the 
Virginia Speech Communication 
Association from 1980 until 1982. 
After leaving VCU, he co-authored 
a book. Talk Yourself Up! and pub- 
lished numerous articles for schol- 
arly journals. 

The family suggests memorial 
gifts be made to the Department of 
Theatre Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 
842524, 922 Park Ave., Richmond, 
VA 23284-2524. 



STAGE PRESENCE 

C. Thomas Holioway '56BFAyA, 

professor emeritus and former 
chairman of the Department 
of Theatre, died Sept. 24 in 
Richmond. Holioway joined the 
faculty at Richmond Professional 
Institute in 1957 and served as 
chairman from 1983 until his retire- 
ment in 1989. 

"His enthusiasm for theater 
education inspired many students 
to become outstanding drama 
teachers in Virginia," says 
Richard Newdick, who succeeded 
Holioway as department chairman. 
Holioway directed the university's 
program in theater education. 

Karen Osbey, senior secretary 
for the department, adds that 
Holioway influenced "every actor in 
town — in fact, just about anybody 
who was ever an alum." Matthew 
Costello '77BFA/A remembers 
Holioway "as an excellent adminis- 
trator and leader who spearheaded 
expansion, a warm, spirited man 
whose capacity for friendship tran- 
scended the professor/student rela- 
tionship." 

Even alumni from outside the 
department remember HoUoway as 
Grand Marshall at commencement 
ceremonies — a performance with a 
21-year run. HoUoway's warmth 
reached out to friends throughout 
the university, from art school Dean 
Murry DePillars to Ted Pellikan in 
buildings and grounds. 

Outside the universit)', 
Holioway acted in a number of 
plays for the Richmond Children's 
Theatre and Barksdale Theatre and 
served on the Children's Theatre 
advnsory board for eight years. 

HoUoway's family suggests that 
memorial contributions be made to 
the Theatre VCU Scholarship Fund, 
PO Box 842524, Richmond, VA 
23284-2524. 



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essays by black female authors. 
Golden is the founder and 
president of the Zora Neale 
Hurston/Richard Wright 
Foundation, a national organiza- 
tion that provides awards for 
young African-American writers. 

PAPER PRAYERS 
OPENS ART 
SEASON 

What do Garth Brooks, Mr. 
Rogers and Julie Harris have in 
common with students from 
Open High and St. Catherine's 
school? All of them responded to 
a call for art for an AIDS-related 
exhibit at VCU's Anderson 
Gallery. Paper Prayers is based on 
an Asian tradition of hanging 
vertical strips of paper as prayers 
to heal the sick. In rotation, every 
piece will be displayed, and then 
sold for $25 to benefit the 
Richmond AIDS Ministry. Paper 
Prayers runs through December 
23. A special reception marked 
World AIDS Day on December 1. 

Coming up in January is 
Repicturing Abstraction, which 
explores the blurring of bound- 
aries between abstract and repre- 
sentational work in late twenti- 
eth-century abstract art. The 20 
artists are national and regional, 
estabhshed and emerging, and 
include VCU faculty member 
Javier Tapia from Peru. Work on 
exhibit at the Anderson Gallery 
examines The Politics of Space. 
The collaborative exhibit opens 
simultaneously with other themes 
at the Virginia Museum — Faux 
Gesture; 1708 Gallery — Second 
Nature; and University of 
Richmond's Marsh Gallery — The 
Abducted Image. The show runs 
January 20-March 5. 

The Anderson Gallery is at 
907 1/2 West Franklin Street; 
(804) 828-1522. (Don't forget the 
Gallery's HoUday Art Market 
through December 23.) 

WARRIOR MARKS 

Two hundred-twenty students, 
faculty and people from the com- 
munity came to VCU for a 
screening of Warrior Marks, Alice 
Walker's film about ritual female 
genital mutilation. An interna- 
tional panel put FGM in the 




Paper Prayers benefits people with AIDS at the Anderson Gallery through 
December 23. 



context of worldwide "patriarchal 
wounds" and systemic oppression 
of women. 

Somalian Dr. Asha Mohamud 
from the Center for Population 
Options in Washington said that 
some of the chronic health 
problems result from unhygienic 
practice. Ironically, one of the 



rationales for FGM is that 
"women must remain spiritually 
clean." 

The panel made it clear that 
this argument is indefensible. Dr. 
Amina Wadud-Mushin, of phi- 
losophy and religious studies at 
VCU, emphasized that there is no 



scriptural justification of the 
practice in any religious tradition; 
it is a patriarchal cultural practice. 

VCU's Dr. Njeri Jackson 
warned against Western arro- 
gance in cross-cultural critiques. 
"These women who agree to 
infibulation must not be seen as 
dupes. They are courageous sur- 
vivors." Still, even though chal- 
lenging FGM has terrible conse- 
quences for them, women from 
these cultures who initiated resi- 
tance to it. 

The film and discussion had a 
strong impact on the audience — 
mostly women, but some men as 
well. One woman said, "It was 
difficuk watching [this] film 
through my Western eyes and not 
being opinionated about it, but 
the statistics about the number of 
cases of female genital mutilation 
which occur each year in the 
United States are alarming." 

Richmond's chapter of the 
Coalition of 100 Black Women 
and the Black History Museum 
and Cultural Center of Virginia 
brought the film, supported by 
VCU and the African American 
Alumni Council. 



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"On stage. . . .She was an inven- 
tion conjured out of singular 
words strung together like pearls. 
If there was any feeling she would 
die fighting for, it was this." 

From And Do Remember tvie 
(1992) by Marita Golden, nation- 
ally known novelist and new faculty 
member in creative writing 



"The tinderbox of nationalist 
conflict is a potential problem in 
Russia. The positives are that if 
you're careful, if you're patient — 
and if you recognize that it will be 
two steps forward and one back 
for a while — there are certainly 
areas in Russia that are worth 
investing in, many of them not in 
and around Moscow." 

Larry Eagleburger, former U.S. 
Secretary of State, speaking at the 
School of Business International 
Forum on "Doing Business in 
Russia and the Newly Independent 
States," in October 



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NEW DEAN FOR 
MEDICINE 

On July 14, the Board of Visitors 
approved the appointment of Dr. 
Hermes Kontos '62HS '67PhD/M 

as the new dean of the School of 
Medicine. After a national search 
had produced a field of 141 highly 
qualified applicants, the commit- 
tee unanimously recommended 
Dr. Kontos. He was interim dean 
last year, overseeing the merger of 
the School of Basic Health 
Sciences with the School of 
Medicine. Dr. John E. Jones, vice 
president for health sciences, says, 
"No better person could have 
been chosen for this significant 
responsibility." 



Kontos first came to MCV in 
I960 for his residency and joined 
the faculty in 1964. From 1986- 
91, he chaired the Division of 
Cardiology and then was interim 
chairman in pathology and 
internal medicine. Kontos contin- 
ues intensive research into brain 
damage related to strokes, high 
blood pressure and head trauma. 
Two major awards to support his 
work are a $1.5 million MERIT 
(unsolicited) grant from the 
National Heart Lung and Blood 
Institute in 1986 and last year's 
seven-year Javits Neuroscience 
Investigator Award from NIH. 
Kontos has published extensively 
and served on the editorial boards 
of major journals. 

PRESIDENTIAL 
MEDALLIONS 

At Commencement in May, 
President Trani awarded the uni- 
versity's Presidential Medallion 
on two faculty members. 
Internationally known novelist 
Paule Marshall, retiring professor 
of English, had also won a 
Mac Arthur Award in 
1993 and was chosen 



VCU's Distinguished Scholar for 
1994. 

Also honored was Dr. John 
Legerwood Patterson Jr. '39 
'41HS/M, professor of internal 
medicine, who founded the 
Division of Cardiopulmonary 
Laboratories and Research on the 
MCV Campus. His research on 
the genesis of breath sounds and 
quantitative analysis led to NASA 
building an acoustic chamber in 
Sanger Hall for his work. 




VCU GOES NORTH 

In mid-November, VCU's Board 
of Visitors approved a long-range 
plan for the university to develop 
a stretch of Broad St. between 
Belvidere and Harrison Streets. 
VCU would work with the City of 
Richmond to develop a multiuse 
tree-lined boulevard. Sketches 
envision a VCU "gateway" 



building — possibly a student 
services center — at the corner of 
Broad and Shafer Streets. The 
Siegel Convocation Center (page 
3) is already in the works for the 
corner of Broad and Harrison. 
"Going North" would reha- 
bilitate a run-dovm section of 
the city and avoid disrupting a 
neighborhood — a problem with 
a previous plan to expand on 
the south side of campus into 
Oregon HiU. 

VCU PROFESSOR 
NEW PRESIDENT 
OF APA 

Robert Resnick PhD begins his 
year as president of the 100,000 
member American Psychological 
Association in February. Resnick 
is chairman of the Division of 
Clinical Psychology and directs 
the university's Attention Deficit 
Disorders Clinic, which he 
founded in 1984. 




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"Nothing can be as burdensome 
as thought. Nothing provides such 
an escape from thought as 
recourse to. ..ideology." 

John Kennenth Galbraith, 

Paul M. Warburg Professor of 
Economics Emeritus at Harvard 
University, author and economic 
advisor to presidents from 
Roosevelt to Clinton, VCU 
Commencement Address 
May 17 



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Ren Watson, VCU's premier shot-blocker, 
is now a crime-stopper with the VCU Police. 



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BY JIM JOHNS -gSBS/MC 

Swing open the door to the Franklin 
Street Gym and plunge again into the 
familiar sting of chlorine-filled air. 
Shouts, yells and thumps bounce off 
tiled walls like echoes from the 
past. For hundreds of VCU 
alumni-athletes, these are the 
humid halls of home. 

Some of them have gone on to 
compete professionally, like *Gerald 
Henderson, a 10-year National 
Basketball Association veteran. 
Henderson always looked forward to the 
postseason. "During playoff time the 
excitement heightens and intensity 
rises — most of all in the final series," he 
says. He should know. He played for the 
1980-81 and 1983-84 championship 
Boston Celtics and also with the 1989-90 
championship Detroit Pistons when they 
beat the Portiand Trailblazers. 
When he left pro basketball, 
Henderson opened All State Ambulance 
Inc. in Philadelphia, where he works 
every day. And his retirement from pro- 
fessional athletics is absolute. "I 
decided to get out of profes- • sional 
sports to watch my kids ^ grow up." 
Today, his sporting life is limited to 
leisurely golf and * busing his 
children to • games on the 

weekend. 

One of Henderson's team- 
mates, • *Lorenza "Ren" Watson, 

VCU's premier shot blocker, is 
now a crime stopper with the 
• VCU police. Watson's 39 1 blocked 
shots is a school record not likely to fall. 
Yet despite holding the shot blocking 
and career rebounding records, Watson 
cherishes his teammates even more. "I 
enjoyed making new friends — Gerald 
Henderson, Danny Kottak '82BS/B, 
*Edmund Sherod and Monty Knight 
'82BS/B.' 

Perhaps it was special, a dream team. 
Henderson remembers Watson warmly. 
"I'd never played with a talent like his — a 
shot blocker, an unselfish, team-oriented 
player. I think that's the kind of under- 
. standing and respect everyone on that 
team had for one another." 

Chris Brower '93BA/H&S played 
shooting-guard for Coach Soimy Smith. 
His consistent game and adventurous 




spirit took him to St. Petersburg, Russia. 
"The St. Petersburg club president called 
VCU and asked if any Americans would 
be interested in playing for him," Brower 
remembers. Russians Eugene Kissourine 
and Konstantin Pepeliaev had come to 
VCU from the same team. "Just by 
talking to them I wanted to go," Brower 
says. (Later, Kissourine led the Russian 
national team against the NBA Dream 
Team II, scoring a team high of 18 points 
against the likes of Shaquille O'Neal.) 

A double major in German and polit- 
ical science, Brower was already known 
for his proficiency in languages (then 
four) and his 3-point shot ( 175, a Rams' 
career record). He added to both reper- 
tories. He learned Russian and now plays 
point guard. "I left America speaking no 
Russian. When you have no one to speak 
English with, you learn the native 
language pretty tast." 

The coach of the SveUana team, 
Vyacheslav Borodin, was impressed by 
Brower's ability to learn a new culture. In 
a Moscow Times article, Borodin com- 



mented, "He has no hang-ups. And 
because he develops his language skills, 
he understands our life. How many 
Americans have been to Volgograd and 
seen the statue to the motherland, to 
Lake Baikal, or to Yekaterinburg and 
seen the place where the Tsar was shot?" 

Even though Brower spent most of 
his time on the court, the political scien- 
tist in him sized up the new Russian 
politics. "Russia's democracy isn't 
democracy at all. No matter how much 
they play it up for the Western media it's 
still the same communist bureaucracy," 
in his opinion. "It's the communist infra- 
structure with new thinking. But they 
deal with problems the same way the 
communists did." 

For life after basketball, Brower is 
considering graduate school. "I thought 
about coming back and getting a 
master's in business," Brower says. "All 
the markets are open over there. Or I 
may be a professor or teacher." For now, 
he is trying out coaching at Columbus 
College in Georgia. 



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Not onion domes but London 
Towers claimed Martin Henlan '90BS/B. 

That's the English team he's playing tor 
this year, having played on nme champi- 
onship teams and on the English 
national teams for two Olympic tourna- 
ments and for European tournaments. "I 
played against Magic Johnson — well, 
played with him, really." Henlan, who 
came to VCU from Birmingham, 
England didn't expect to go home. ("I 
miss the weather in beautiful Virginia.") 
For a guy who started out with a 




England. "Of course," he says ruefully, 
"it's an NBA explosion. They know 
Michael Jordan, not Martin Henlan." 
StiU, NBA fervor generates lots of interest 
and questions. 

Henlan is VCU's ambassador of bas- 
ketball. He StiU wears his letterman's 
jacket everywhere. "It's probably the best 
knovm jacket in England," he smiles. 
"My experiences at VCU have helped me 
very well," he continues. "In college 
sports, you're in the spotlight. I learned 
to deal with the pressure of deadlines 

doing college work. And I was on 
my own in a foreign country." 
The discipline is important; "it's 
very different, playing basketball 
to go to school and playing to pay 
the mortgage." 

"When you're in school," 
Henlan reflects, "you think life is 
going to be a certain way. Now 
I'm more interested in the quality 
of life — staying close v^ath friends 
and family and doing something I 
want to do. If I can't be happy 
today, it doesn't matter if I have 
money in the bank tomorrow." 



Martin Henlan took American basketball home to England 
and plays for the London Towers. 



sensible plan to get a business degree and 
play basketball on the side, the ball has 
moved down court fast. Henlan has a 
growing broadcasting career as well. 
When European cable broadcast the 
NBA playoffs this year, Henlan did home 
studio commentary — translating Marv 
Albert into English. 

"We try to relate it to our own home 
sports, like soccer, cricket and rugby 
football. Our viewers just don't think of 
people of this size doing what they do. 
You don't get seven-foot soccer players." 
(Hence, "London Towers.") Henlan says 
there's been a "basketball explosion," 
especially in Europe, spreading to 



y''^ fl VCU's tennis teams draw 

I heavily from European and South 
^ American students. "At this level, 
none of the Europeans can go to 
school and play competition," 
explains women's coach Eva Bard 
(who is French herself). "They 
would have to choose between 
playing and university. So 99 
percent of foreign players come to 
the United States, where they can find 
very strong competition and excellent 
academics." 

Men's coach Paul Kostin has led the 
team to three Metro Conference cham- 
pionships in a row, and they are ranked 
25th in the country. "Coaches get too 
much credit," he demurs. "It comes 
down to the student athlete himself." 
Like Fredrik Eliasson '94BS/B, an 
Academic Ail-American who also holds 
postgraduate awards from Metro, NCAA 
and the International Tennis Associa- 
tion. "One of the best student-athletes 
who's ever been here," Kostin says. 



In seven years Bard has built VCU 
Women's Tennis from scratch to second 
rank in the Metro Conference, third in 
the region. "This fall is the first time we 
have a pre-season national ranking 
(50th out of 300 teams) — ^we're expected 
to do well," Bard says. And they are 
playing a tough Division I schedule. 
When the women's team plays in 
California at spring break, they'll be up 
against two of the best teams in the 
country, Pepperdine College (in the top 
ten) and U. of Oklahoma (among the 
top 25). 

Bard is especially proud of the disci- 
pline and brutal hard work of student- 
athletes on both the men's and women's 
teams. Forget the stereotype. "I don't 
think anyone has any clue how hard 
these students work, how many hours in 
the day don't exist for them. Practice, 
read, go to class, travel, compete, get 
hurt — and try to have some fun. They 
are extremely disciplined and motivat- 
ed." Kostin adds, "You want to develop 
good human beings, number one. An 
ingredient is winning. We want them to 
be able to take charge in real life, after 
tennis and school." 

And so they have. Of recent gradu- 
ates, Luciano D'Andrea '93BS/B played 
on the international circuit for a year 
before going home to Brazil to teach 
English. Isidro Lledo is a tennis pro in 
Eppelheim, Germany. Richmond native 
Raj Bonifacius '93BS/B followed his 




Now coaching in Tampa, Lisa Kipple Beamer 
found sports gold in Ireland, playing for the 
IBA( Irish Basketball Association), doing sports 
broadcasting and writing, and coaching an Irish 
men's college team. 



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SPORTS BITES 



CONFERENCE CALL 

With football schools pulling out of the Metro League, VCU, Virginia Tech. UNC Charlotte and South Florida will be shut out of the huddle by fall 
1996, The three mid-Atlantic schools have been invited to join the Colonial Athletic Association (schools in Virginia and North Carolina like 
James Madison and Old Dominion) and the Atlantic 10 (eastern schools from George Washington in D.C to U. Mass in Boston). Traditional 
rivalries and easier traveling within the CAA weigh in against stronger competi- 
tors in the Atlantic 10. VCU should have a decision by January 1 . 1 995. 



HOME COURT ADVANTAGE? 

"I have a lot of special feelings for Richmond but I won't be thinking of that 
once the game begins." VCU's David Hobbs '72 BS/E (right) returns to his 
second hometown to coach Alabama's Crimson Tide against the Rams on 
December 3, "Without question becoming head coach at Alabama is the most 
exciting thing for me professionally." says Hobbs. In his first two seasons at 
Alabama, Hobbs compiled a 36-23 record. 



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AMBASSADOR OF BASKETBALL 

When European cable broadcast the NBA playoffs this year, British native Martin Henlan '90BS/B did home studio commentary in London — 
translating Marv Albert into English. "We tn/ to explain the terms and bring them up to speed. Basketball is about ten times faster than tradi- 
tional British sports. We English tend to do things slowly," he laughs. Perhaps. Henlan's broadcasting gigs already include commercials for 
British Rail and 7-Up. 

TENNIS TEAMWORK 

For a relatively young program, VCU tennis teams have steadily moved up in the rankings, cheered and disciplined by two coaches named 
Metro Conference Coaches of the Year in 1 993. Under Paul Kostin (also Metro Coach for 1 994), VCU Men's Tennis rose meteorically to national 
quality and won Metro League Conference titles the past three years. VCU hosts men's Metro championships next spring. Eva Bard has led 
VCU Women's Tennis from a very small Division III Level to a national ranking of 50th. "We're aiming for 25," she smiles. 

IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE COURT? 

Throw your back out trying to outdo your kid on the ball court? Chester, Virginia, residents now have a place to go for help. Sports Medicine in 
Chester, a satellite facility of the university's MCV Hospitals, has opened. 

The 7,500 square-foot center houses a full range of sports medicine care including on-site x-ray and laboratory testing, comprehensive injury 
evaluation by orthopedic surgeons, cardiovascular conditioning equipment and rehabilitation therapy 

For more information on Sports Medicine in Chester, call (804) 796-4300 



Icelandic girlfriend to Rekjavik, where he 
has opened a tennis academy and is 
working on his MBA. Rachel Gale 
'92BS/E is assistant tennis pro at Raintree 
Swim and Racquet Club in Richmond. 



Coaching appealed to Lisa Kipple 
Beamer '86BS/E, who played forward 
for VCU's women's basketball 1981-85. 
Now she's assistant coach for the Univer- 
sity of Tampa women's basketball team. 

Before joining the staff in Tampa, 
Beamer spent a year playing basketball in 
Ireland. "I played in Ireland in 1985-86, 
right out of school." Beamer says. "It 



makes you appreciate where you live. 
You take a lot for granted here in 
America. Several girls had no electricity, 
one had no running water. A lot of 
people don't have cars; they used their 
feet or bikes for transportation." 

While playing for the Atlantis team of 
the Irish Basketball Association, Beamer 
took advantage of every opportunity that 
presented itself She wrote newspaper 
articles, worked radio shows and even 
coached a boys' college basketball squad. 
"The college coach quit so they hired 
me," Beamer says, laughing as she recol- 
lects her year in Limerick, Ireland. "We 
did a lot of new things. They were more 
receptive to a female coach than an 



American male team would be. That's 
why I'm still open to coaching for men." 

One of the new things Beamer had to 
do was curb the team's drinking. "We 
limited pub stops to the trip home — they 
used to stop at pubs on the way to the 
game and on the way home." 

By the luck of the Irish, Beamer's year 
in Ireland was the first year the National 
Football League did broadcasts there. No 
one was familiar with the American 
football teams, or even the basic rules of 
the game. As an American athlete, 
Beamer quickly found herself an expert 
radio analyst of American football. 

More luck, American-style. "The 
games were tape-delayed and broadcast 



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on Thursday, with my preview on 
Wednesday night. They didn't know I 
called my brother every Monday and he 
told me everything that happened that 
Sunday in the NFL. Only one girl on my 
team knew." 

As a coach, especially for women, 
Beamer emphasizes the student in 
student athlete. "A lot of them know I 
played overseas," Beamer says. "I tell 
them the chances of going over there are 
sUm. I teU them they need to get an edu- 
cation." Even though most of her 
athletes would like to play in Europe Kke 
their coach did, they will only follow her 
so far. "None of them want to be 
coaches," Beamer says, laughing again. 

Adanta is a ways from Gary Street 
Field. But two VCU hockey players are 
stiU competing together in the Georgia 
capital. Kristen Horton '92BS/MC left 
Richmond to work as an intern in the 
Metro Gonference's communications 
ofiSce. She was working in a restaurant 
when she heard about a field hockey 
league organized by her former 
teammate Kelly Brown '90BFA/A. 
Brown, an active member of the Georgia 
Field Hockey Association, says the big 
difference between hockey in Atlanta and 
in Richmond is the number of men par- 
ticipating. "Throughout the world it's a 
male-dominated sport. We have fifty- 
fifty, men and women," Brovm says. 
"Granted all the men are foreigners, but 
it's fifiy-fifty." 

This summer Horton and Brown 
teamed up at work in the DeKalb 
County Parks and Recreation office. 
Brown went south to get her master's 
degree in sports administration at 
Georgia State University and now does 
promotions for the parks and recreation 
department. This fall Horton began 
graduate work in sports administration 
at Georgia State where she was awarded a 
scholarship as academic advisor for 
student athletes. She is also coaching vol- 
leyball, basketball and Softball at Yeshiva 
High School. 

"I didn't think I'd have the chance to 
coach since I didn't have the right back- 
ground," Horton says. "I Uke being 
involved at both the collegiate and high 
school levels." 

Horton has one particularly fond 



memory fi-om her own collegiate play. 
"We beat Duke on their parents' 
weekend," Horton remembers. "Their 
parents were boisterous and obnoxious, 
Duke was nationally ranked — and we 
beat them 3-1." 

Outside of coaching, the disparity in 
professional opportunities for collegiate 
female athletes and their male counter- 
parts is obvious. In America, professional 
athletics is mostiy a man's world. Even 
so, many of VCU's women athletes have 
made a seamless transition from under- 
graduate sports to professional life. 

"I think it is unfortunate there's not a 
professional pool for women. Men at 
least have the opportunity," says Horton 
"I think most girls look at it differentiy 
than boys," she continues. "Girls say, 
'I'm not counting on this for my liveli- 
hood.' A lot of women athletes know 
they don't have sports to fall back on." 

Lisa Beamer concurs and sees educa- 
tion as a haUmark of the women's colle- 
giate athletic experience. "I think it is 
kind of sad that women have to go 
overseas to play," Beamer says. She adds, 
"The positive side is, that's why female 
athletes are good students. It's sad 
though that girls give their whole life to a 
sport and it just ends." 

But women do take their athletic 
experience away from the playing field. 
Horton values her athletics and book 
education equally. "Women learn to 
handle disappointment, virtory, ups and 
downs," she insists. "It builds character 
and we take it with us to the work force." 



George "Jerry" Stone III '66BS/E, 

currentiy assistant commissioner for the 
Golonial Athletic Association (GAA), has 
worked every angle in athletics. Stone 
played basketball for Richmond 
Professional Institute in 1962-63. 
Graduating with a degree in health and 
physical education, he taught science 
and physical education for 19 years at 
Henrico Gounty Schools. He also 
coached baseball, basketball and football 
for the school system. "I definitely 
enjoyed 19 years of education," Stone 
says enthusiastically. "Teaching those 
kids was challenging and exciting." 



After leaving Henrico schools. Stone 
joined the Professional Golf Association 
(PGA) as tournament director. "Obvi- 
ously, spending two years traveling 
the world vfixh top golf athletes is 
wonderful." 

From the PGA, Stone moved in to his 
current slot at the GAA. Stone's main 
responsibility in the GAA, home for 
VGU rivals Old Dominion and Univer- 
sity of Richmond, is marketing and pro- 
moting. Since joining the GAA he signed 
Gontel Gellular as the sponsor to the 
conference basketball tip-off banquet. 
Definitely a three-point shot. 

And even though Stone found a com- 
fortable job in an administrative office, 
he StiU breaks a sweat working in the 
business. He officiates Division II and III 
men's basketball, usually in the Old 
Dominion Athletic Conference. Stone 
also umpires local Softball games. 



*James Austin, the first VGU baseball 
player to play in a major league game 
(1991 Milwaukee Brewers), sat out this 
season, recuperating at home in 
Richmond fi-om a shoulder injury at 
New York Yankees' spring training. 
Ghances are he'U be back in a Yankee 
uniform next season. "I'm 99 percent 
sure, " Austin says. "They told me they'd 
like me back and more than likely I 
wiU go." 




Wanderlust hit late for George "jerry" Stone III. 
After 19 years coaching at a Henrico high school, 
he took a two-year world tour as tournament 
director for the Professional Golf Association. 



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James Austin joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 
1991, the first VCU ballplayer to go "to the 
show. " Austin was with the Yankees during 1 994 
Spring Training. 

After playing professional ball for 10 
years, Austin still sees a number of his 
old Ram teammates. "It's kind of sur- 
prising. I thought after school everyone 
would go their own way — back home or 
whatever. But a lot of them stayed right 
here in Richmond." One of Austin's 
classmates stayed with him — his wife, 
Madelene Gordon,'88BS/H&S. 



Two guys who help put golf on a par 
with other VCU sports are Jerry Wood 
'92BS/B and Mike Grant '92BS/E. 

Between golf and classwork, Grant 
remembers his collegiate career was so 
busy "it seems like a blur," Grant says. 
Wood maintains connections with VCU, 
helping raise funds for brain tumor 
research at the Massey Cancer Center on 
the MCV Campus. 

When they played for VCU, they 
competed in tournaments all across the 



Southeast, and they are stiU competitive. 
Wood, former captain of VCU's golf 
team, won the AMF Signet Open in 
Richmond this summer. The highlight 
of Grant's year was qualifying for the 
U.S. Open. 

Winning a spot in the Open is a feat 
in itself "From here you go through a 
local qualifying round of 88 guys com- 
peting for 1 1 spots; then there is a sec- 
tional qualifying with 44 guys competing 
for three spots," Grant says. He missed 
the cut in the Open scoring 80 and 76, 
but he plans to try again next year. 

Con tarts through golf coach Jack Bell 
helped Grant get his professional career 
started. Now Grant is the pro at 
Flossmore Country Club in Chicago, 
where his responsibilities range fi^om 
running tournaments to managing the 
pro shop. 



VCU football? Let's just say that Tom 
Guthrie '72BFA/A has never been a 
bigger Rams fan — make that L.A. Rams. 
As entertainment coordinator for the Los 
Angeles Rams, Guthrie chooses the game 
time music, as well as pre-game and half- 
time shows. He also markets and 
promotes the Rams cheerleader and 
dance squad. 

Like many fellow arts grads, Guthrie 
has to tackle funding. "You have to find 
sponsors," he says. "The entertainment 
operates separately from the team so we 
have to create our ovm budget." Guthrie 
is creative indeed. For the past past three 
years, that budget has taken his enter- 
tainment troupe to Europe, Japan and 
throughout Southern California. 

"We have a 43-member cheer squad, 
16 on the stunt squad, the world 



champion baton tosser and a 20-piece 
band," Guthrie says. He adds that the 
dance squad is highly competitive — 350 
women auditioned for the group in June. 
None of the spots on the squad are guar- 
anteed. Even last year's dancers had to 
audition again. 

VCU Ram atJiletes have picked up the 
ball and run with it — across America and 
around the world. The joy and discipline 
of their sports has shaped their lives, 
helping them to finish college and build 
professional success. And their spring- 
board off campus was musty Franklin 
Street Gym. 



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Tom Guthrie is the only VCU nhimnus m football, 
entertainment coordinator with the Rams — the 
L.A. Rams, that is. 

•VCU SPORTS HALL OF FAME 

JIM JOHNS IS A RAMS FAN AND 
ASSISTANT BUREAU CHIEF WITH 
VCU'S CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE. 



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FALL 1994 



Dig it. The ARC team sifts the sands of time 

and numbers the shards in ARC's bright new 

workroom. Dan Moiier (cap) holds Open House 

for guests at Curies Plantation in July. 




Archaeological Research Center C 




BY LINDA LIVENGOOD '90BS/MC 

Who has the better understanding of 
a people and their culture — the historian 
who reads a diary or the archaeologist 
who unearths the society's remains? 
"When you're standing knee-deep in 
someone's privy, you get a pretty 
intimate understanding of their lives." 

For Dr. L. Daniel Mouer '75BS/H&S, 
an associate director of VCU's 
Archaeological Research Center (ARC), 
the debate with the historian ends there. 
He believes the knowledge gleaned from 
such unsavory sites far outweighs any 
unpleasant aspects of the task. "We've 
learned a lot from the privies of the early 
18th and 19th centuries. That's where 
people dumped their trash, and where 
we recover a lot of our artifacts." 

Mouer explains, "We don't just have 
an intuitive connection with the cultures 
we research. Studying artifacts gives a 
tangible Unk with people. It's the combi- 
nation of the written record and material 
evidence that makes archaeology so 
useftil. We're there to put the flesh on the 
bones." 



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One of the center's major sites is the 
Curies Plantation about 15 mUes east of 
Richmond, which existed from around 
1613 until the Civil War. This summer 
was the 10th year of excavations there, 
and the site has yielded some interesting 
finds. "We're getting good insights into 
the origins of American culture by 
studying the interaction of the English, 
African and Native American people." 
One of the most exciting things they've 
found is evidence of Indians living on the 
plantation. 

"The popular notion is that the 
English came and the Indians dissolved. 
We see in the artifacts that there was 
daily interaction between colonists and 
Indians. Indians from the Powhatan 
Chiefdom were hunting and fishing on 
the plantation, and they were producing 
goods — often as wage-earning employ- 
ees." 

In an aside, Mouer comments that his 
term is not politically incorrect. "'Indian' 
is the word of choice of nearly aU Indians 
today, including Native-American histo- 
rians and other scholars. The term 
'Native American' has been widely 



adopted only by journalists and some 
scholars and others who are not Indian 
themselves and who don't work closely 
v«th Indian people." 

After joining the VCU faculty in 1977, 
Mouer helped found the center that 
serves as a field school, giving students 
hands-on research experience. He 
teaches classes in sociology and anthro- 
pology as well as in the honors program 
and shares the center's associate director 
tide with Robin L. Ryder '81BS/H&S 
and Douglas C. McLearen. They direct a 
full-time staff of 16, including several 
ARC alumni, like field director Chris 
Egghart '83BS/H&S and lab director 
Beveriy J. Binns '88BS/H&S. There are 
two architectural historians on staff and a 
ftdl-time graphic artist, Boris Churashev, 
who produces exhibits, technical reports 
and other materials. 

The center grew out of the universi- 
ty's first archaeological summer field 
school held in 1969. "We have a good 
core of students from sociology, anthro- 
pology and history," Mouer says. "We 
serve a variety of disciplines, including 
art history, with opportunities for 



student internships, independent 
research and study projects." The 
program celebrated its 25th anniversary 
this summer, and its alumni dot the field 
like arrowheads or Civil War bullets. 
Mouer reels them off. Dr. Fredric 
Gleach '84BS/H&S got his PhD in 
anthropoplogy at the University of 
Chicago and teaches now at Transylvania 
College in Lexington, Kentucky. Bruce 
Terrell '79BS/H8cS finished graduate 
work in maritime archaeology and works 
for the Mariners Museum in Newport 
News. Tracy Millis '84BS/H&S is an 
archaeologist for New World Research, 
an engineering firm. Kim Zawacki 
'93BS/H8cS was hired this summer as 
archaeology lab manager for Richmond's 
Valentine Riverside Museum. Tom 
Cuddy '94BS/H&S started graduate 
school in archaeology this faU at 
Columbia University. 

LINDA LIVENGOOD IS A RICHMOND 
JOURNALIST AND FREELANCE WRITER 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC NORBOM, 
MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES. VCU. 



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FALL 1994 




an you tell me how to get, 

how to get to Sesame Street'? 

Sesame Street? How about New 

York, Los Angeles? That's where 

more than a handful of VCU 

alumni have stolen the show in 

film and television. Or directed 

the show, sold the show, animated 

the show or been in the show. 

L.A. actor Gene Poe says, "There's 

a whole colony of VCU people 

out here." And they are 
producing topnotch work 
for Turner Pictures, MTV, 
Nickelodeon, Jim Henson 
and Disney They are acting 
with Kevin Costner and 
Sharon Stone; doing theater 
in New York; even designing 
sets in Richmond. None of 
these School of the Arts grad- 
uates has broken a leg in the 
name of film, but with varying 
amounts of perseverance and 
luck they've all managed to 
break into The Business. 

BY LINDA T MILLS AND JOHN SARVAY '94BGS/NTS 




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"The best things that ever happened to me were because I took a risk," says Dick 
Robertson '67BS/MC. He started out working in television his freshman year at 
RPI — selling ads and assembling grocery store displays for a Richmond station. 
Judicious risk-taking and enthusiastic hard work have parleyed those beginnings into 
the presidency of Warner Brothers Domestic Television Distribution. It's not the kind 
of television career that makes his face a familiar sight in American living rooms, but 
his decisions influence what you and your children tune in to every day. After 
graduation, Robertson built a career in sales at NBC, then moved to CBS where he 
became vice-president of marketing for sports. The first big risk was prompted by "a 
desire to be my ovm boss" — and maybe to take his own risks, to put his judgment on 
the Une. Robertson and two partners "went into the business of syndicating television 
shows." Through Telepictures Corp., they produced and distributed made-for-TV 
movies and television shows like People's Court. The jury is in, and the people ruled 
for Judge Wampler and others. Telepictures was so successful that it merged with 
Lorimar Inc. to become the "biggest TV company in Hollywood." " When Warner 
Communications Inc. bought Lorimar Telepictures Corp. five years ago, Robertson 
took charge of domestic TV. "I work with any TV project that comes out of Time 
Warner," says Robertson. "We create programs as well as sell network rights to 
programs other divisions make. We handle the cartoons on Fox networks, for 
example. We also create marketing campaigns around syndicated shows and sell 
national advertising time." Robertson still uses some of his prime time to support 
VCU. "We had an alumni meeting at the Warner Brothers commissary and it was 
great. I met classmates 1 didn't even know were out here." He sponsors student 
interns like David Gibbs (page 23); and the VCU women's tennis team will stay at his 
house in Malibu when they play California tournaments in March. Easy to see why 
the College of Humanities and Sciences chose him for their Outstanding Alumni 
Award for 1994. So, what's the secret of his energy in this risky business? "My job 
is never boring. There's a new season every year, the cycle of new shows never stops." 



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Bad company, hut great company. Raytior 
Scheme (far right) has fallen among thieves in The 
Real McCoy, but as an actor he lands with the 
best — Val Kilmer, Kim Basinger, Dean Rader 
Duval and Terence Stamp (l-r). 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



Raynor Scheine (formerly Johnson) 70 BFA/A gets kicked around by all the right 
people. As a character actor working out of New York and Los Angeles, Scheine 

spends most of his camera time as a 
murderer, junkie or psycho. "I get beat 
up a lot," says the actor. "Kim Basinger 
beat me up, Sharon Stone beat me up, 
Kevin Costner beat me up, then Gene 
Hackman killed me. It's been a rough 
year." Scheine learned early to take his 
lumps. On several recent trips to VCU, he 
spoke to theater students about breaking 
into The Business. "I told 'em to just forget 
it," he laughs. "It's a hard business, very 
tough. I starved to death for the first 15 
years." But perseverance paid off. He's had 
roles in 30 feature films and more than 100 
stage productions. Television work 
includes stints on China Beach, The Cosby 
Show and LA. Law. But Scheine's favorite projects have been in film and on the stage. 
A favorite stage performance was in August Wilson's play, Joe Turner's Come and 
Gone. Another memorable part was the suspicious sheriff in Fried Green Tomatoes. He 
may have played that role just a little too well. "Everyone said I was so evil," he says, 
aggrieved, "but I was just doing my job as a sheriff." What set those productions 



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apart from Scheme's other work? The quality of the writing, he says. "Actors are fortu- 
nate to get good writing — but you've got to pay the rent." Scheine's lean, villain- 
ous film persona landed him roles in the western, TJie Quick and the Dead with Gene 
Hackman and Sharon Stone, and T?je War with Kevin Costner. In a typical Shafer 
Court connection, Scheine found himself working on the set ofTlie War with another 
VCU alumnus. Jeremy Conway '78BFA/A, who also won an Emmy for set design 
and art direction for David Letterman, was the art director for the film. (And Conway 
is one of VCU's 1994 Alumni Stars; see page 24.) 



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When Kenneth Smith '69BA/A graduated from VCU, George Lucas's Star Wars was 
eight years off. And Smith was still in a galaxy far, far away from two Oscars. * His 
first trek after VCU was into the United States Air Force, then to the University of 
South Carolina to study film production. At USC there was a dusty optical printer, 
the machinery used to create visual effects for films, that no one ever used. It interest- 
ed Smith enough for him to use it for his master's thesis film. And that was the begin- 
ning. * "After I graduated, I called around trying to get work and got a job with 
Linwood Dunn. He's a legend in the business. He did visual effects for Citizen Kane 
and King Kong. I worked for him for three years. It was like working with a part of 
history." With Jedi training from Yoda, it's not surprising that Smith works now 
for George Lucas, Obi-wan Kenobi himself, at Industrial Light and Magic. Smith won 
Oscars for his work in E.T. and hmerspace, recently did effects in Masky and is now 
working on the Steven Spielberg production of Casper due in theaters next May. A- . 
What's it like making industrial strength magic? "I find it fortunate that I ended 
up doing what I'm doing. In a master's film production class at USC, we were told 
that only 25 percent of us would get into films. But it's really a job like any other. You 
can work a solid year on a movie and sometimes it's rewarding, other times it's frus- 
trating. Like any other craftsperson, I'm happy when I get to work on a really good 
film." ^ The technology has changed since he first experimented in graduate school, 
but only recently. "Up imtil a few years ago, we used optical printers. Now the tech- 
nology is digital. There's been a real revolution." And, thanks to home video cassettes, 
"now, producers don't have to make all their money back on the theatrical release. 
They can reach wider audiences, so they're willing to take more risks." And why 
not? The Force is with them. , „ . 



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Blame the success stories on Steve Segal '72BFA/A. After all, he's the founder of 
Candy Apple Productions, a Richmond animation company active in the early '80s. 
That's where Kathleen Quaife-Hodge '79BAyA and Frank Gresham '81BFA/A got 
their start. Today, these alumni of Candy Apple and their fellow graduates in commu- 
nication arts and design are a visible part of the talented New York and Los Angeles 
animation communities. Aswirlofptxiedust. A splash of water. A burst of flame. 
Quaife-Hodge calls it animated set decoration. "I do tons of pbde dust," says the 
special effects designer. Well, Tinkerbell likes her work. That's what she was hired to 
do at Disney's special projects division where she whipped up Tink's magic sparkle 
and other effects for pieces at the Disney park in Orlando. AH that fairy dust 
prepared her for a job with Turner Pictures Worldwide, as well as work on Don Bluth 
productions like A«A»)enra?) Tail. This summer, Quaife-Hodge finished Turner's 
Page Master, scheduled for November release. A move back to Disney for Pochohantas 
is giving Quaife-Hodge the chance to apply her skills and two years of computer 
classes in a new area. In addition to traditional animation techniques, tor this film she 
is experimenting with modeling natural phenomena in computer-animated particle 
systems, working in a digital environment. "I do a lot of water, fire, exploding 
things," she says, "basically anything but the character. My work shows the result of a 
character moving through an environment, and that environment is disturbed." Her 



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"elients" for animated special effects range from ,g^. ' '\ **"' 

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Playing possum. "It wti^ ii hhi<t," say> Fnink 
Gresham about the fun he had working on an 
MTV cartoon (right) with fellow ahimni Greg 
Harrisott (below) and Dave Powers. Not everyone 
gets to animate roadkillfor a living. 




Playmates. Animator Greg Harrison hangs out 
with Conky 2000 from PeeWee's Playhouse. 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



design and animation of electricity, sparks and ectoplasm helped make BUI and Ted's 
adventures most excellent. A "disturbed environment" is what three other VCU 
animators created with their hip tales of a possum flattened on the road. (Some 
alumni would argue — enthusiastically — that the VCU art school experience was ideal 
preparation.) Gresham, Greg Harrison '81 BFA/A and Dave Powers, who attended 
VCU for three years, teamed up a few years ago to produce Speedbump, the Roadkill 
Possum" for MTV. The show marked Gresham's debut as a director, and opened 
doors for all three animators. "The work I did with David and Greg, most notably 
Speedbump, was the most gratifying all around," Gresham says. "It was a blast. It con- 
vinced me that that was what I wanted to do." •' The career path Gresham took was 
followed by a cadre of VCU art students in the '80s. After a few years in Richmond, 
Gresham moved to D.C., then to New York City. "PhU Trumbo and I kept in touch 
and we moved to D.C. when we heard that a new studio, Broadcast Arts, was opening 
there. There were a few other VCU people there as well, among them Dave Powers 
and Kelly Alder," Gresham says. * 
Gresham followed Broadcast Arts to 
New York, then struck out on his own 
after the company folded in the early 




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'90s. "I work primarily for myself but 
currently I'm doing some work with 
Curious Pictures, which came out of 
the ashes of Broadcast Arts," he says. 
He also recently finished two animated 
segments for Sesame Street, 'k 
Gresham first got together v«th Powers 
and Harrison for a series of animated 

shorts for MTV. "We did a series of promos called Brickface and Stucco, which we 
designed, wrote and directed," Harrison says. "We did about 12 two-minute pieces 
that aired both as promos and as a block before Liquid Television, MTV's animation 
showcase." That work led the three of them to Speedbump. Harrison is currently 
completing a major project for MTV called Club Dead, music television's first interac- 
tive movie on CD-ROM scheduled for release in November. Harrison says the "futur- 
istic murder mystery takes live actors and digitally composites them onto computer- 
animated backgrounds." After the MTV project, Harrison vnll return to cable with a 
new Nickelodeon show, Bkim, an animation showcase pitched to a younger audience. 
Harrison's piece is The Adventures of Patch Head, tales of an eight-year-old hillbilly 
kid who rides a Big Wheel powered by a V8 engine. And he may rejoin his VCU 
partners for a feature movie, Brickface and Stucco's Big Black, Bone-Jarring, Turbot- 
Tenor, Fuel-Injected Joyride. There's more than a dash of autobiography in that 
title. Gresham and his peers agree that in the animated life, "the exceptions are the 
projects that aren't fun." For these alumni, you can be sure that (bi dip,bi dip bi dip) 
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One of her first jobs out of graduate school was working for the woman who designed 
Miss Piggy. That job opened the door for Lauren Attinello '76 BFA/A, who began 
sewing body costumes and then did puppet building, illustration and art direction 
with lim Henson Productions and Sesame Street. It appears to have been a productive 
switch; Attinello has illustrated more than 35 children's books for the two companies. 

Attinello says her path after VCU wasn't the one most fine art students expect to 
follow. She studied printmaking in England for a year, worked as a museum techni- 
cian in a painting conservation lab at the Smithsonian, and then completed her 
master's in lithography at Pratt Institute. When the Muppets entered her life, 
Attinello was ready. "I made Kermit for The Muppets Take Manhattan," she says. 
Make that nine Kermits, each filling a particular role in the film, x Attinello says her 



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career as a puppet builder and dien illustrator has been 
almost as educational as her years at VCU, if not more so. 
"One of the nicest things about my job is that I've learned 
so much and done so many different things. Not many 
places offer you that opportunity. There was a real snob 
appeal for fine arts when I was a student, but I certainly 
did a 180° turn by learning so much from illustrators." x 
Besides, Attinello admits, "I really feel more comfortable in 
two dimensions." 



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Lenny Brisendine '83 BFA/A doesn't regret leaving behind 
the fast-paced world of Los Angeles for the fast-paced 
world of Richmond. The set designer stiU works 36-hour 
days. His clients stiU want the work finished yesterday. But in Richmond, Brisendine 
can afford to be self-employed. ■ He began in L.A. as an actor. "Shortly after my 
v^rife and I arrived in L.A., we got pregnant and I thought, 'Hey, I'd better get a job.' 
After a while I was building sets." For Disney, which seems to be nearly as ubiquitous 
an employer as the soaps. Brisendine found himself designing and building props, sets 
and scenery for Disney theme parks. It wasn't long before he headed back to the 
East Coast to start Church Hill Production Services. Now Brisendine has a hand in 
everything. "I do props, scenery, art direction, location management and scouting for 

film and video production companies." The bulk of his 

work is set design for print and film advertising, but "the 
big project for me was a Paul Simon video for 'Proof that 
we did a couple of years ago, " he says. "It was a real nuts 
situation, and very difficult logisticaUy." The company 
representing Simon wanted a float for the video. Instantly, 
of course. "We ended up building this very nice float in the 
style of Mardi Gras, and we knocked it out in about 36 
hours. We basically took it out to be shot for the video 
with wet paint." But it was there, and on time. Proof 
positive of professionalism. 




Glamour pig. Alumna Lauren Attinello catches 
some rays with Miss Piggy, photo stylist Danielle 
Obinger, and costumer Barbara Davis (back). 



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Richard Hanldns '73BFA/A was in New York when he got 
the call to rush out to Califomia to art direct on the criti- 
cally-acclaimed series NYPD Blue. He was there and 
working Vkdthin three weeks. But then speed is the norm in 
his business. "One time I was hired on a Friday and had to 
have new sets done on Monday. I spent the weekend in my 
bathrobe drawing." ic Hanldns divides his time between 
New York and Los Angeles. "I've driven across the country 
three times in the last two and a half years." His New York 
resume reads like Soap Opera Digest, including stints on 
Another World and Texas. Ten years on Guiding Light earned him two Emmys and 
seven nominations. His wife, Cassie Wesley, is an actor on One Life to Live. As art 
director, Hankins is in charge of the total look of a show. First he gets the scripts and 
does the floor plans. Then he reviews it with the director. The scenic designer draws it 
up. The crew builds the sets, a decorator fiUs them with the appropriate personality, 
and then he confers with the cinematographer. * "You have to do your research to 
be truly authentic and for me that's the most pleasurable part. If you're doing a period 
piece, you find out how things were made and how people did things during the 
period. And you have to get into the character's mind. You figure out their back- 



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Location, location, location. A certain first 
family needed a White House look-alike for 
shooting a movie in Richmond. Alumnus Lenny 
Brisendine was location scout for Tad, and did he 
have a house for the Lincolns. At home at the 
former Home for Confederate Women are 
Brisendine, flanked by Kris Kristofferson as 
Abraham Lincoln and Jane Curtin as Mar)' Todd 
Lincoln. Tlie rental soldiers are from Living 
History Associates, Ltd. 



There are still more alumni we couldn't fit in so 

OfflfCMDira 

Rene Battoclette '81 BFA/A 

costume design 
Return of the Living Dead 

Jeremy Conway '78BFA/A 

production design 

Emmys; Late Night David Letterman, Penn & 

Teller Special 

Woody Eney '63BFA '67MFAyA 

artor 
Dallas, Taxi 

John Fifer '71 BFA/A 

actor 
Beastmaster 11, Rice Krispies commercials 

Stephen Furst '76BFA/A 

actor 

St. Elsewhere, Babylon 5, Animal House, 

Dream Team 

Nina Graham '75BFA/A 

first woman cinematographer hired by 
Disney 

Llewellyn Harrison Jr. 

set designer 

Twin Peaks, House Party II 

1991 Drama Log Critics Award L.A. 

Howard Hoffman 

Saatchi & Saatchi, 

animator 
The Trix Rabbit 

Eddy Houchins '80 BFA/A 

animator 
Heavy Metal 

Barclay Lottimer '74BFA/A 

actor 
One Life to Live 

Precious Lovell '81 BFA/A 

children's costume designer for Spike Lee 

Charles Massey '67BFA/A 

agent 
Charles Massey Talent Group 

Samuel Maupin '72BFA/A 

actor 
As the World Turns, Tlie Passion ofDracula 

Randy Mercer '80BFA/A 

stage makeup 
Glen Close in Sunset Boulevard 

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ground and decide what they would have around them. If you're doing a drug 
dealer's apartment, for example, you have to think, what would he cover his windows 
wdth? Where would he keep his drugs? I've had writers tell me I know their characters 
better than they do. That's the theater training coming out." Hankins worked at 
the Vu-ginia Museum Theatre and did many shows in Richmond during the '70s. In 
New York, he went into television. "Television is different. In theater, they tear dovra 
a set and it's gone. At least in TV you have a video. And in TV, you design a set for the 
action, only for what the camera's going to see. It's closer and has to look more real 
than in the theater." But how real is it? "It's truly an illusion. You can stand two 
feet away from a set and it looks real, but it's plain wood painted to look like metal or 
marble or mahogany. There's a lot of craftsmanship involved." And, of course, NYPD 
Blue is mosdy shot in Los Angeles at Twentieth Century Fox Studios. Hankins says 
his job has its ups and downs, but he "hasn't stopped working." And he'd like to 
reopen the cormection for VCU design students to talk with him about the business. 
* "It's a great field to be in." 





A voice in the crowd. 1 he next sound you hear 
may be voiceover expert Pamela Lewis — cooing, 
shrieking — or giving voice to several varieties of 
Ritz crackers. 



Pamela Lewis '73 BFA/A spoke up and got 
herself into the productive field of voice- 
overs. "I did a lot of theater for years and 
got tired of aU the traveling," says Lev«s. 
"So, I switched." Over the last ten 
years, she's been the sighs of Melanie 
Griffith in Working Girl, the cooing baby 
in The Untouchables and several different 
flavors of Ritz Crackers. She joined 10 
other voice specialists in creating the roar 
of crowds for the film Bob Roberts, and 
continued her political work in a less ficti- 
tious setting — providing voice work for 21 
commercials during the last national polit- 
ical campaign. And while she misses 
some aspects of live performance — hey, 
this is steady work. "I always miss the live 
audiences, that's the down side. But I really 

enjoy the commercial side. There is a creative end to it. It's always ftin to do some- 
thing well, and I look at all of my work as part of my performance career." k Not 
that she's been locked up in a sound room for the past decade. That's not what her 
years at VCU prepared her for, she says. "VCU was very good training. It was very 
practical. The message was, 'Get out and work' I've done the soaps, I've done PBS, 
commercials, theater." She spent this past summer working the long hours of theater 
vrtth two shows in Olney, Maryland. While she was wrapping up performances of the 
comedy A Small Family Business, she was rehearsing for the theater's production of 
Night of the Iguana. 

mPOfOOCIOttOLLTWOOD 

Gene Poe '71 BFA/A says he got into politics because he couldn't keep his mouth shut. 
"No one ft-om VCU could," says Poe. "Our professors instilled young people with an 
attitude that anything is possible." But Mr. Poe didn't go to Washington or even 
run for governor of California. Not enough drama there, perhaps. "The politics in 
D.C. pale next to the politics in Hollywood," Poe says, and he knows what he's talking 
about. For five years he worked with the Screen Actor's Guild and the Screen Extra's 
Guild, where he was president. "I started doing roles and didn't like what I saw. I 
started speaking out and getting elected." The road to Burbank never did run 
smooth. "I left VCU trying to find myself," Poe says. "I went to Europe to avoid going 

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to New York." In London, he met people from Hollywood and eventually ended up 
there. * Poe's advice to the filmstruck at VCU some years ago was that, "not 
everyone can be a movie star, but you can still have a good life working in the 
business. Take every opportunity that comes along whether it's an acting job or an 
editing job." In his own career, Poe refrises to be typecast as only an actor. "I've done 
just about every job in this business. Acting, print work, casting, production. I know 
the system." Some of his latest work includes commercials for Blockbuster Video 
and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He is also working production, camera coordinating, 
on the second season of Ellen (formerly These Friends of Mine), which includes, 
"telling actors where to go so the camera will always be on them. And actors love for 
the camera to be on them." Through the university's extern program connecting 
graduates with alumni in their fields, Poe is a resource for young VCU people in his 
area. "I can help them with professional aspects, but I can also tell them what's what. I 
didn't have that and I had some unpleasant experiences. There are so many scams out 
there, young people can be easily duped in Los Angeles." Poe's volunteer work 
with people with AIDS is a vital part of his life. "As I get older, what I consider 
'achievement' changes. I have a different point of view. It's not as important now to 
win an election as it is to go visit an AIDS patient. I've seen so many people die from 
the disease. I'm especially moved by the women with children." Another interest is 
painting, which has become his passion. And once again he refuses typecasting. Often 
a character actor, Poe has become a kind of character painter. His most recent show 
was titled "No Style." He explains, "A gallery owner once told me I had no style 
because all my paintings are different, because I do a variety of styles — realism, 
abstract, cubism, cartoonish, religious or erotic. You go into some galleries and every- 
thing looks the same. Painting is like acting in that respect, people will try to pigeon- 
hole you." His work is selling, too. Even with aU of his other interests, Poe wiU 
continue to work in Hollywood because he's "comfortable in it." And he still loves 
Europe. "My ultimate goal is to live to be 100 and die in a field of sunflowers while 
painting in France." Long shot, freeze frame. 

TOGETHER AGAIN! BOTH LINDA MILLS AND JOHN SARVAY ARE PREVIOUS 
EDITORS OF VCU VOICE AND RICHMOND FREELANCE WRITERS. 



IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU 
Yes, that is David Gibbs '94BS/B, And who's 
that with him? When Gibbs saw Jay Leno at an 
LA. gas station the summer of '93, he took a 
risk and spoke up. "Pursue your dreams," 
Leno told him. Gibbs did. Three weeks on The 
Tonight Show staff, bit parts in Briscoe County. 
Jr., and On Deadly Ground. 

But Gibbs wouldn't have been there at al 
without VCU alumnus Dick Robertson 
Robertson, president at Time Warner in televi- 
sion, invited Gibbs to California to get the 
behind-the-screens angle on television at Time 
Warner. Robertson also funded the invitation, 
and says, "It's great to give the kids a chance 
and It's rewarding for me to spend time with 
them." 

VCU Alumni, this could happen to you, too 
Alumni may sponsor students through the 
Alumni Extern Program during spring break, 
March 13-17. Students gain valuable career information by working with or shadowing alumni 
for the week. If you are interested m mentoring a student extern, contact VCU Alumni 
Activities, 310 North Shafer St., P.O. Box 843044, Richmond, VA 23284-3044, (804) VCU- 
ALUM (828-2586); fax: (804) 828-0878; email: mercer@cabell.vcu.edu. 

MASS COMMUNICATIONS STUDENTS LIBBY STEPHENS AND ALLYSON WYLD 
PROVIDED INFORMATION ON DICK ROBERTSON AND EXTERN DAVID GIBBS 




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Kerry Oaksmith '8 1 BFA/A 

set designer 
Twin Peaks 

JackParrish'76BFA/A 

actor 
Another World 

Lenny Pass '74BFA/A '76BFA/MEd 

actor 
Tootsie, Flamingo Kid 

June Renfrow '71 BFA/A 

agent for Martin Mull, Rue McClanahan 

Steve Segal '72BFA/A 

animator 
Futuropolis 

C.J. Simpson '76BFA/A 

set designer 
Crossing Delancy 

Liz Trout 'egBFA/A 

special effects 
Fraggle Rock 

PliilTrumbo'72BFA/A 

animator 
Doug, Emmy for Pee Wee's Playhouse 

Keith Van Allen 

animation 

Ronald McDonald (in Spanish), Tasmanian 

Devil 

David Williams '85MFA/A '86MS/H8cS 

filmmaker 

Lilian 

1993 Sundance Film Festival award 

and in Holly'H'ood Reporter's 

Top 10 for 1993 

Tracy Wolfe 

actor 
Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon II 

Kevin Zeheb 

production assistant 
Designing Women, St Elmo's Fire 

Everybody gets into the act: 

Lawyer David Baldacci '83BA/H&S 

sold his novel, Tlie Executive Power to Warner 

Books and the movie rights to Casde Rock 

Entertainment in November. 

Even the School of Nursing . . . 

Darlene Fishman '71BS/N wrote recently 

that her son Michael plays D.J. on Roseanne. 



FALL 1994 



starry Night 



■■,••.%-■; 



'nese are alumni whose 

diverse achievements and 

contributions reflect their 

unique career successes and 

devotion to the university. 

VCU was proud to honor 

them at the Alumni 

Recognition Dinner, 

November 4, 1994, The 

dinner at the University 

Commons featured 

Michael Stopford, Director 

of the U. N. Information 

Centre, who spoke about 

global concerns as the 

world is **Coming in from 

the Cold War" 







SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH 
PROFESSIONS 

Lou Oliver Brooks 

'77BFA Fashion Design/A '82BS 

Physical Therapy 

Star Quality Devoted over five years 
of outstanding service to the university 
and to the School of Allied Health 
Professions through her volunteer 
service with the MCV Alumni 
Association. 

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS 

Jeremy Conway 

'78 BFA Communication Arts and 

Design 

Star Quality Won Emmys as 
designer/art director for Late Night with 
David Letterman and Penn and Teller 
Special. He was also art director for 
Crocodile Dundee II and other movies, 
and production designer for Stephen 
King's Golden Years and 1992 Olympic 
Summer Games at Barcelona. 

SCHOOL OF BASIC HEALTH 
SCIENCES 

W. Dalton Dietrich III 
'79 PhD Anatomy 

Star Quality A nationally recognized 
investigator into the ceUular and bio- 
chemical basis of brain injury that 
accompanies head trauma or stroke. His 
work has led to better drug and 
hypothermic therapies to reduce damage 
following stroke. 

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 

David K. Hunt 
'69 BS Accounting 

Star Quality CEO of AT&T Universal 
Card Services, the coimtry's second 
largest credit card issuer. 



Founders' Day 



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SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY AND 
PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

Claire A. Collins 

'84 MPA Public Administration 

Star Quality The Administrator for 
Bath County, Virginia, she has con- 
tributed over eight years of service to the 
university through her involvement with 
the School of Community and PubUc 
Affairs Alumni Board and with the VCU 
Alumni Association. 

SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY 

A. Carole Pratt 
'76DDS 

Star Quality Exemplary service to the 
School of Dentistry and work with the 
Virginia Dental Association. Selected 
one of the "Top Ten" Business Women 
of America in 1983 by the American 
Business Women's Association. 

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION 

Sydney S. Sherrod 

72 BS '76MEdDistributive Education 

'86 PhD Urban Services 

Star Quality Co-founder of the Agere 
Foundation whose mission is to create 
innovative educational programs that 
focus on career development through 
business and education partnerships. 

COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND 
SCIENCES 

Michelle B. Mitchell 
'84 BS Psychology 

Star Quality Elected Sheriff of the 
City of Richmond, she is Virginia's first 
woman sheriff Mitchell is one of only 14 
women among 3,000 sheriffs In the 
United States. 









SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 

Richard C. Davis 
'81 MD 

Star Quality Blending entrepreneurial 
interests v\dth medical education. Dr. 
Davis founded four medical technology 
companies involved in planning, 
research and development of life-saving 
and life-improving products. Awarded 
13 patents and issued or has pending 21 
trademarks for his products. 

SCHOOL OF NURSING 

Dana A. Moriconi 
'76 BS '87 MBA 

Star Quality Outstanding service to 
the School of Nursing's Alumni 
Conference and on the Centennial 
fundraising committee, which success- 
fully raised over $300,000 to provide 
the school with its first endowed 
professorship. 

PROGRAM OF N O N T R A D I T I O N A L 
STUDIES IN THE DIVISION OF 
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS 

Joan E. Rexinger 
'86BGS 

Star Quality Over seven years of dedi- 
cated volunteer service to the university 
through her work with Eriends of the 
Library, the Nontraditional Studies 
Alumni Board and the VCU Alumni 
Association. 

SCHOOL OF PHARMACY 

Barry L. Carter 
'80PharmD 

Star Quality Nationally and interna- 
tionally recognized for significant contri- 
butions to clinical Pharmacy practice in 
primary care settings. 

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK 

Michael A. Evans 
'76 BSW '81 MSW 

Star Quality r- Director of the 
Department of Social Services for the 
City of Richmond, the largest local social 
service agency in the Commonwealth. 



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FALL 1994 




The Alumni Board Room gleams in the University Student Commons, paid 
for by VCU Alumni Association gifts and dues. Design by students in Interior 
Design Studio, woodwork and table by adjunct faculty member, John Brown. 



We'd like to welcome graduates of 
the School of Community and 
Public Affairs to their new schools. 
In VCU's restructuring, the School 
was absorbed by the university in 
July, sec will identify alumni by 
their new schools: Urban Studies 
and Planning is a department in 
H&S; Public Administration 
moved to the political science 
department in H&S and the Center 
for Public Policy; Justice and Risk 
Administration became the 
Department of Criminal Justice in 
H&S, except for Safety and Risk 
Administration which moved to 
Finance and Insurance in B; 
Recreation, Parks and Tourism 
became part of the Division of 
Recreation, Health and Physical 
Education in E. Rehabilitation 
Counseling undergraduate 
programs were discontinued, and 
the master's program is a depart- 
ment in AH — all alumni will be 
identified as from AH(RC). 



* VCU Alumni Association dues- 
paying member. 

1 950s 

Charles Thomas '59BS/MC 

retired in Spanish Fort, AL. 

1 960s 

Frank Britt '64BS/MC is pres- 
ident of The Britt Agency in 
Lynchburg, VA. 

1 970s 

Judith Aronson '75BS/E is a 
sales associate with Texas Meat 
Purveyors in San Antonio. 

Pamela Barefoot '72BS/H8fS 

received the Eastern Shore 
Chamber of Commerce Small 
Business Person of the Year 
Award in July. Pamela is owner 



and president of Blue Bay Crab 
company in Onancock, VA, 
where she lives. 

Lt. Col. Roland Burgess 
'76BS/B was recently promoted to 
his present rank in the Marine 
Corps while serving with Aircraft 
Group 31 at the Marine Corps Air 
Station in Beaufort, SC. 

Terry Crum'79MBA/B is 
director of operation and infor- 
mation services at Boult, 
Cummings, Conners & Berry in 
Nashville. He is featured in the 
April 4 issue of the Nashville 
Business Journal. 

Theresa Daus-Weber 
'75BSW/SW was named to the 
US National Team to race the 100 
Kilometer North American 
Championships in Victoria, 
British Columbia. She was a 
bronze medalist winner in the 
1992 100k national championship 
in Sacramento, CA. Theresa is a 
technical editor with Dames & 
Moore International Engineering 
Consultant firm in Denver. 

PaulDraisey'78BS/MCis 
president and CEO of KBK 
Communications, Inc. in 
Middleburg, VA. 

Carmen Foster '74BS/MC 
was selected for the KeOogg 
National Fellowship Program to 
receive a three-year study grant of 
$35,000 to fund a self-designed 
plan of study. Carmen is director 
of two-year programs for the 
Kennedy School of Government, 
Harvard University. She is also 
cofounder of VCU's African- 
American Alumni Council. 

JoAnn West Frohman 
'76BS/MC is senior reporter for 
The Daily Press in Newport News. 

Joel Harris '78BA/H&S was 
featured in the August 8 issue of 
the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 
his past political and area business 
ventures. 

Patricia Hassard '79MS/MC 
is marketing director for Mays 8( 
Valentine law firm in Richmond. 

Audrey Tyler Hingley 
'73BS/MC is a freelance writer 
and public relations consultant in 
MechanicsviUe. Audrey recently 
co-authored Life after Lucy, the 
true story of / Love Lucy's child 
star Keith Thibodeaux, who 
played little Ricky and became a 



"third child" of the Arnaz family. 
The book was released this 
summer with New Leaf Press. 

Dr. Henry Lowenstein 
'75BS/Bisnewchairofthe 
Business and Economics Division 
of West Virginia University, 
Parkersburg. 

Nancy Worley Martin 
'75MS/AH received the Jane H. 
Friend Award honoring her work 
in vocational rehabilitative coun- 
seling with the City of Danville 
(Virginia) schools. 

Mark Shapiro '70BS/B is 
owner and president of Mark-0 
Distributing Co. in Norcross, GA. 
Mark has been owner of the 
wholesale electronics and gift 
items business for 15 years. 

Debra Gardner Snyder 
'79BS/MC is management analyst 
senior for the Virginia Employ- 
ment Commission. She lives in 
Colonial Heights, VA. 

Dwight Storke Jr. '74MEd/E 
retired after serving 33 years with 
the National Park Service as 
front-line interpreter for the 
George Washington Birthplace in 
Montross, VA. 

James Bruce Vigen ThD 
•73BA/H8;S is chairman of the 
Lutheran Missionary Association 
in Madagascar, where he served as 
a missionary since 1978. 

Gregory Wingfield '76 
MURP/H&S is the new president 
of Metro Richmond Economic 
Development Partnership Inc. 

John Wolford '74BS/H8cS is 
the new police chief for the City 
of Charlottesville, VA. 

1 980s 

Gary Alston '89BAyH8{S is 

inside salesperson for Marmon/ 
Keystone's service center in 
Richmond, where he and his wife, 
Jennifer live and are the parents 
of a daughter. 

Timothy Anderson '80BS 
'82BS/H&S followed up VCU 
degrees in biology and chemistry 
with an MS in biochemistry at 
New York Medical College and 
and international MBA at 
University of Bridgeport. 

He spent five years as a bio- 
chemist, doing research and 



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development in foods and phar- 
maceuticals for Nabisco, Foxboro 
Analytical and Clinton Research 
Consultants, Purdue-Frederick 
Research Center and Miles, Inc. 
In 1992 he became a review 
chemist for the Office of Generic 
Drugs in the U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration. In March 1994 
he returned to industry at Sandox 
Pharmaceuticals Corporation, 
where he was recently promoted 
to vice president for drug registra- 
tion and regulatory affairs for 
Sandoz' Creighton Products 
division. In his new position, 
Anderson oversees the tiling of 
ANDAs to the FDA for Sandoz 
products which are about to come 
off-patent — and then the generic 
form of the drugs is marketed 
through Creighton Products. 

Timothy and his wife, Nancy, 
have four children — Matthew, 6; 
James, 4; Victoria, 2; and Erica, 
bom in April. The family lives in 
Redding, CT. 

Jane Williams Ballard 
'89BA/H&S received a master's 
degree in library and information 
science from University of South 
Carolina in May 1993. She was 
recently inducted into Beta Phi 
Mu, a international library honor 
society. She is a librarian at the 
Greensville Correctional Center 
in larrat — and wrote the profile 
on Bernard Harris in this issue. 

Patricia Binns '85BS 
'93MBAyB is manager of shared 
services at Reynolds Metals 
Company. She is responsible for 
the central processing and 
automation of the company's 
accounts payable. 

Paula Burke Brockenbrough 
'81BS/E is a respiratory therapist 
at MCV Hospitals' Neuroscience 
Department. She and her 
husband, Allan, live in Ashland 
with their son, Eamon Burke. 

Calvin Duncan '88BS/E is the 
Continental Basketball Associa- 
tion's coach of the year for his 
work with the Tri-City (Wash. ) 
Chinook. He was featured in the 
JXily 24 issue of the Richmond 
Times-Dispatch. 

Richard Eberhart '89BS/B 
and his wife Stephanie, are the 
proud parents of a son, Patrick 
Ryan, born April 13. Richard is 



store manager of The Avenue in 
Manassas. 

Dr. Kimberly Golden '82 
MME/A is currently designing a 
concentration in music education 
leading to certification N-12 for 
the Department of Music at 
Bridgewater State College, MA. 

Holly Foley Green '84BS/ 
H&S is a juvenile parole officer 
with the Virginia Beach Court 
Service Unit. She and her 
husband, David have a son, David 
Austin, born in September, 1993. 

DougHansell'86BS/Eis 
coordinator of Extracorporeal 
Life Support (ECMO) at Duke 
Medical Center. ECMO is a 
therapy for critically ill infants 
and children. Hansell explains,"In 
essence it is prolonged heart lung 
bypass for those children whose 
heart and/or lungs are temporari- 
ly unable to sustain life. I've been 
involved in the program here for 
four years. We've treated over 1 30 
patients with a survival rate of 
nearly 80% (these patients have a 
greater than 80 percent chance of 
dying)." 

Cabell Harris '82BFA/A has 
returned to the Richmond area to 
set up an advertising agency. 

Gloria Harris '80MEd/E is 
principal at Princess Anne 
Elementary School in Virginia 
Beach. 

Karen Heflin Kirkland 
'80BS/B is corporate accounting 
systems manager with Lawyers 
Title Insurance Corporation in 
Richmond. 

R. Steven Landes '84BS/MC 
was recently appointed to a four- 
year term on the board of trustees 
of the Frontier Cukure Museum 
of Virginia. 

Eric Law '88BS/B is managing 
director of Evergreen Manage- 
ment Co. Ltd., managing real 
estate development in Hong 
Kong. 

Ann Hunter Lawson '87BS/E 



was featured in the July 25 issue 
of The News & Advance of 
Lynchburg for her involvement 
with the Appomattox County 
Recreation Department. 

Jerry Lewis '8 IBS/MC is 
director of publications at the 
University of Miami. 

Robin Christy Lewis '85BA/B 
married Andrew Thomas Kegley, 
May 21 in Stafford County, VA. 
Robin is pharmacy technician 
coordinator at Mary Washington 
Hospital. The couple lives in 
Spotsylvania County. 

Patricia Maslyk '84BA/H8cS 
married Gregg Scheibel, May 14. 
Patricia works for Bristles Hair 
Design in Charlottesville, where 
the couple lives. 

Beverly Mention Minor 
'82BS/B is manager of Education 
Consulting Department for HBO 
& Company in Washington. 
Lindsay Shannon, second child of 
Beverly and her husband Paul, 
was born on luly 13. 

Anna Buffo Noland '83BS/E 
received a master's degree in 
vocational special needs from 
Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia 
Center. Anna is a special educa- 
tion teacher and department 
chairperson at Hopewell High 
School. 

Kevin Noland '83BS/MC is 
senior marketing writer for 
Telecommunications Techniques 
Corporation in Germantovm, 
MD. 

Irene Platz'83BFA/A has 
been practicing art therapy for 
eight years in Dade County 
Schools in Florida, working with 
K-12 students who are severely 
emotionally disturbed. Irene has a 
master's degree in art therapy 
from George Washington 
University. 

Lisa Troutman Oliva 
'89BS/MC is publications special- 
ist for the Federal Reserve Bank of 
Richmond. 



WASHIilON ALUMNI M[[T 




Host John Royatt '71/B welcomes 
Associate Provost for Engineering 
Henry McGee and his wife Betty 
Rose to Washington. 




Russ Norfleet '74BS '78MS/B talks 
business with Alfreeda Cardwell 
'SOBS '84MBAJB. 




Shanelle Armstrong '93BS/H&S 
catches up with Ronnie Alexander 
'92BS/B. 




Alumnus Phillip Hylton '72 
BA/H&S and his wife Dr. Lauren 
Black '90 PhD/M. 




Associate Athletic Director for 
External Affairs Tom Shape (r) 
shares an artist's drawing of the 
planned Convocation Center with 
two Greg Weaver '94BS/H&S and 
Kenny Day '94BS/MC. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDY 
JONES. 



The Washington Alunnni Reception was held October 26 at the Army and Navy Ciub on Farragut Square in 
downtown Washington. More than 165 alumni and their guests attended and heard "news from home" 
from President Eugene P. Tram, several deans and faculty members. This was also the "world premiere" of 
VCU's twelve-minute recruitment and promotional video produced by Melissa Burnside of University News 
Services staff. School of Business alumnus John Royali '71/B hosted fellow alumni. 



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Bernard Harris 

BY JANE WILLIAMS BALLARD 'SgBA/H&S 

During his four years at VCU in the early '70s, where he learned his 
craft under Coach Chuck Noe with ftiture stars like Jess Dark 
'74BSW/SW, Reginald Cain '78BS/B and Dave Edwards, Bernard 
Harris couldn't imagine a basketball career anywhere but the 
United States. "Playing in Europe never occurred to me," he recalls. 
But 20 years after leaving the Rams, Harris has followed the 
bouncing ball to such far-flung locales as Israel, Germany, 
Switzerland and the Philippines with the Continental Basketball 
Association. And he's won fame as a player, coach, author and tele- 
vision star in his adopted country of Finland. 

"I had no idea I'd end up overseas," says Harris, who began his 
international basketball career during his last year in school vrith an 
AAU team coached by Larry Brovm. "When I sit and think about it 
now, it was the farthest thing from my mind." During an 11 -game 
tour of the former Soviet Union, the team passed through Finland. 
"I was springtime and warm; we stayed a week and I liked it." His 
agent suggested he check out a job there, so he visited Turku, in southern Fmland, during the fall. "A friend sug- 
gested I take winter clothes, but since it had been warm there before, I just took fall and summer stuff," Harris 
chuckles. "I arrived on September 18 — and a foot of snow fell on October 1." 

It may have been winter, but Finland felt warm to Harris. "After sk years, I was tired of traveling, so I decided 
to stay for a year." Sounds like Harris was pleasantly snowed in, metaphorically as well as literally. "Time just 
passed," he says, as he made friends and settled down. 

His Finnish career began at the Turku Nmky (the Finnish YMCA— although the clubs are quite different from 
the U.S. organization). He also played three seasons for Helsinki before he finally landed in Salo where he's been 
assistant coach and player for Salpa since 1987. 

Among the 20,000 Finns in Salo, the 7' black American is a standout. In fact, he is a national figure in Finland, 
with a national nickname, "Benkku." In 1988 he published a book for children, Koripallo {Basketball), that can be 
found in most Finnish libraries. A spin-off from the book's popularity, Benkku's Basket ran for two spring seasons 
on cable TV. Harris does speak Finnish, but Benkku's broadcasts were taped in English and translated. "Finnish is 
one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn," says Harris, "I've been picking it up as I go along." The 
15 cases for nouns make it difficult, but his Finnish wife, Soile, is an incentive. They married in 1990, and their 
daughter, Mercedes, is 15 months old. Harris also has a 22-year-old son, Paul Jordan, who's just finished a tour in 
the Navy and has plans to come to VCU. 

In addition to playing and coaching, "Benkku" has compiled a list of the top 25 basketball countries in 
Europe — complete with contacts, phone and fax numbers — which he hopes to pubhsh for U.S. players. "A lot of 
guys are interested in Europe," he says. "The NBA can't accommodate everybody, but there's plenty of demand 
over here." 

Benldcu has made his adopted country home. Those roses he's holding celebrate his Finnish citizenship. But 
he still misses the United States. "Being away makes you appreciate it a little more," he notes. "You learn you've 
taken a lot of things for granted." Anti- American sentiment is strong in Europe, he notes, and offers advice for 
those venturing overseas. "You have to remember you're in another country. Things are going to be different." 

A difference that the VCU basketball star could hardly have imagined back in Richmond— and can't imagine 
otherwise now. 

FREELANCE WRITER JANE WILLIAMS BALLARD IS A LIBRARIAN AT GREENSVILLE 
CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN JARRATT, VIRGINIA, 



Maria Carrillo Price 

'85BS/MC is assistant city editor 
for The Free Lance-Star in 
Fredericksburg. 

Donna Shank '88BFA/A 
married Dale Armstrong in July. 
The couple lives in Harrisonburg, 
VA. 

Cindy Leigh Sheppard 
'86BS/B and Harry William 
Weinstock '75BS/B were married 
July 1 at Evelynton Plantation in 
Charles City. Cindy is vice-presi- 
dent of ATACK Properties, Inc. 
Harry is executive director of the 
Virginia Head Injury Foundation 
in Richmond, where the couple 
reside. 

Tara SUver-Malyska 
'82BFA/A is briefing attorney for 
the Court of Appeals, Fifth 
District of Texas at Dallas. 

Carol Wells Stevenson 
'80MEd/E was named 
Outstanding Home Economics 
Teacher in the United States in an 
annual competition sponsored by 
the Home Baking Association. 
Carol teaches home economics at 
Liberty Middle School in 
Ashland, where she lives. 

Joanne Taylor '82BS/B 
married Tony Taylor on February 
12, and recently celebrated the 
birth of their daughter. Shannon. 
Joanne is the new assistant con- 
troller for Virginia State 
University in Petersburg. Her son, 
Tony, currently attends VCU. 

NicholeTorrice'87BS/B 
married John Chapman of 
Manassas on October 1. Nichole 
is manager and regional trainer 
for Hooters Restaurant in 
Rockville, MD. 

Samuel Trail '82BS/H8{S 
attended "March on New York" 
this summer. Sammy is a bar- 
tender at Renegade in Rehoboth 
Beach, DE, where he lives. 

Melody Lynn Trumball 
'83BFA/A married Timothy 
Wade Jones, August 13 in 
Roanoke. Melody is a substance 
abuse counselor at Green Point 
Chemical Dependency Center in 
Greensboro, NC. 

Dr. Allyson Van Steenbergen 
'83BS/H&S has joined Pediatric 
Associates in Harrisonburg. 
Allyson is an instructor in the 
neonatal resuscitation program. 



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Dana Ward '8 IBS '86MBA/B 

was named vice-president and 
area manager with Lawyers Title 
Insurance Corporation in the 
company's Louisiana office in 
New Orleans. 

Steven Watson '87BS/B 
married Deborah Farmer, August 
7 at the University of Virginia 
Chapel. Steven graduated from 
the UVA Department of 
Radiography Program. The 
couple resides in Waynesboro. 

1 990s 

Michele EUene Albinder 
'90BFA/A married Jaymi Howard 
Goldberg August 13 in Norfolk. 
She is a graphic designer with 
Adworks in Georgetown, VA. 

Kim Mae Alexander 
'92BS/MC is producer/director 
for WFXI Fox 8 in Morehead 
City, NC. She writes, edits and 
shoots commercials for the syndi- 
cated show, Coastal Carolina 
Fishing. 

Battinto Batts Jr. '90BS/MC 
is municipal/general assignment 
reporter for the Fort Lauderdale 
Sun-Sentinel in Florida. 

lames Scott Bokem 
'92MURP/H&S married Patricia 
Lynn Brandt, luly 16 in 
Lynchburg. James works for the 
CityofNorthPort, VA. 

Eliza Dandridge Bosworth 
'93BFA/A married Alan Hayden 
Pryor III, on August 6 in Newport 
News. The couple lives in 
Richmond. 

Jacquelyn Brown '93BGS/ 
NTS is editorial assistant for 
health & fitness with Essence 
Communications Inc., Essence 
Magazine in New York City. 

Randolph Carila '93BS/MC 
and Gretchen Leah Shimian 
'93BS/MC were married May 21. 
Randolph is security officer for 
the twin tower Riverfront Plaza 
office in downtown Richmond. 
Gretchen is a typesetter and 
graphic designer for Advanced 
Printing and Graphics. 

Michelle Cooper '94BS/B is 
office manager for the Survey 
Research Lab, a division of the 
newly formed Center for Public 
PoUcy at VCU. 



Lisa DaFoe '90BS/MC is pub- 
licity coordinator for the County 
of Henrico Division of Recreation 
and Parks. 

Patrick Dolan '92MBA/B is 
finance officer for the Open 
Society Institute in Budapest, 
Hungary. 

Sherry Tharpe Dimn 
'91BS/MC is a field claims 
adjuster for Progressive Insurance 
Company in Richmond. 

Lauren Evans '93MEd/E was 
featured in the September 7 issue 
of the Richmond-Times Dispatch 
for completing a 2,155-mile hike 
on the Appalachian Trail. Lauren 
is a teacher for learning disabled 
children at Matoaca Elementary 
School in Richmond. 

Michael Fanguy '93BS/H8fS 
is pursuing a master's degree in 
nuclear engineering at UVA. 

Elissa Lauren Field 
'92BA/H&S and Jefferson A. 
Thompson '91BS/H&S were 
married July 30 in Fairfield, CT. 
Sharon Lineker '91BA/H8cS, 
Thomas Arkwright '88BS/B, 
Jacqueline Redhage '92BA/H8tS 
and Brian Thompson '93BS/B all 
came for the wedding. Elissa and 
Jeff live in South Florida. 

Jonathan Fish '93BS/B 
accepted a position with 
Anderson Consuking firm in 
London, England. 

Laura Ellen Ford '91BA/H&S 
was awarded a research assistant- 
ship under chairman Jan de Vries 
in her first year of the doctoral 
program in history at University 
of California, Berkeley. 

LisaGehley'92BFA/Ais 
engaged to Charles Kotal of 
Greenwich, CT. Lisa works for 
JCPenny and will attend VCU in 
the fall to pursue a master's 
degree in art. Charles is currently 
a student at MCV. They are 
planning a May wedding in 
Richmond. 

James Lawrence Gore 
'92MBA/B and Sallie Edith 
Hobbs were married June 4 in 
Salem, VA. James is employed by 
A.M.F. in Richmond, where the 
couple lives. 

Elizabeth Lowell Gross 
'91MSW/SW married David 
Pablo Amor, July 16 in Virginia 
Beach. The couple lives in 




Class of 16, Future alummis Curtis George Ralph Rowlette enjoys the atten- 
tion of his mom. Corvine Rowlette '80BS/H&S, AAAC Vice President 
Marilyn Day '76BS/E '79MEd/E, and AAAC President Michelle Dixon Jones. 
Dad Tony Rowlette, past council president, is behind the camera, of course. 



"Let's reconnect with our university," says Michelle Dixon Jones 
'87BS/H&S, president of the African American Alumni Council. That's 
her theme for her presidency. And the council has plenty of opportu- 
nities for that, from mentonng students to networking events, to 
helping organize the Black History Month program, 

AAAC's major focus is recruitment and retention of black students 
at VCU, and there is an increase in black freshmen. But as one council 
member comments, "It's easy to get into school, but it's not easy to 
stay in, " The council makes it a little easier for students, sponsoring 
recruitment events and scholarships as well as mentoring and support 
workshops. 

Past council president Tony Rowlette '86BS/P '87BS/H&S says, 
"I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing that VCU is interested in 
improving the livelihood of African Americans," 

So, join AAAC, Reconnect with some old friends, make new ones, 
and help young students who need your support. 

Call Barbara Payton '83BS/IV1C at VCU Alumni Activities (804) 
VCU-ALUM, 



Smithfield. 

Amy Elizabeth Hagerman 
'91MSW/SW married Charles 
Edward Drescher on August 27 in 
Virginia Beach. She is a social 
worker at Children's Hospital of 
the King's Daughters. 

Sharry Hanson '93BS/H&S 
married James G. Motley III, 
August 13 in Richmond. Sharry is 
a supervisor/statistician for 
Nabisco in Richmond, where the 
couple lives. 

Lisa Ann Harvey '93BS/MC is 
a free-lance writer for the 
Metropolitan Business Guide. She 
is also communications assistant 
for the Virginia General Baptist 
Board. She hves in Glen Allen. 

Charles Heath '90MURP/ 
H8;S was elected secretary of the 
Community Transportation 
Association of Virginia. Charles is 



transportation planner for Middle 
Peninsula Planning District 
Commission in Saluda. 

Bill Hershman '92BS/H8cS is 
morning news producer for 
WTVR News Channel 6 in 
Richmond. 

Harold Martin Jr. •91MBA/B 
was named director of the 
Virginia Litigation and Claims 
Services Group for Coopers & 
Lybrand in Richmond. 

Catherine Taliaferro Massey 
'90BS/MC is southeast region 
marketing director for The 
Money Store Investment 
Corporation in Richmond. 

Charles Massey '92BS/MC 
and Danah Wood '93BS/MC 
were married July 2 in Richmond. 
Charles is marketing manager for 
Affiliated Attorneys, and Danah 
works in the public relations 
department at Kings Dominion. 



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FALL 1994 




"Life is too 




John Will Creasy '42BFAyA had a 

long life in art that put drama and 
color into the lives of everyone 
who lived in the Roanoke Valley 
with him. He died of cancer m 
Salem, Virginia on Inly 3, at 74. 

Creasy's career as an innova- 
tor began early. At Richmond 
Professional Institute, Creasy was 
one of a handful of men on 
campus. (So few that the same 
faces turn up several times in the 
'41 RPI Annual.) Creasy served m 
the U.S. Army after graduation 
and survived the D-Day landing 
at Omaha Beach. He came home 
and married fellow arts graduate 
Adelaide Snead Creasy '41BFA/A 
in 1946. 

Creasy founded the RPI 
Alumni Association and was its 
first president. Kathleen Bullard 
'41BFA/A, the group's "foundmg 
mother," knew him all his hfe. 
"He was a fine person and a fine 
artist, " she says. "He deserves 
credit on a lot of grounds. He was 
very loyal to the school." 

Creasy was an arts dynamo in 
Roanoke for fifty years and a 
determined non-elitist. "Good art 
can be found in decorating an 
office, a store window — even in 
designing street signs," he told a 
reporter. "Life is too fuU of things 
to limit our interests and endeav- 
ors to one." 

Creasy started Associated 
Advertising in 1959 vnth partner 
Fred Corstaphney; the agency 
served clients untU 1991. Bullard 



comments that "lack was both a 
good commercial artist and good 
fine artist. He painted excellent 
watercolors and helped found the 
Virginia V^^atercolor Society." 

If there was an arts board, 
Creasy was on it, and if there 
wasn't, he would help establish it. 
Mill Mountain Theatre, the Art 
Museum of Western Virginia, 
Opera Roanoke, Arts Council of 
Roanoke Valley, the City of 
Roanoke Architectural Review 
Board and Arts Commission, Arts 
Place at Old First, the Sidewalk 
Art Show, all benefitted fi-om his 
hard work. He supported arts 
education for children as well, 
with ArtVenture at the museum, 
and Children's Theatre. 

Creasy received the first Perry 
K. Kendig Award for lifetime 
achievement in the arts from the 
Arts Council of Roanoke. He 
received the Advertising 
Federation of Roanoke Valley's 
first silver medal. Perhaps the 
most significant recognition was 
the group of friends and admirers 
who formed the John Will Creasy 
Art Society 20 years ago. "Lots of 
people were in it," says Bullard, 
"not just in the Valley, but all 
over the state." The group orga- 
nized showings of his work and 
promoted the arts. They met offi- 
cially every year on February 18, 
Creasy's birthday, with the 
honoree in bemused attendance. 

Bullard has established a 
scholarship fund in his name, for 
a VCU honors student in 
painting. Alumni and friends may 
send contributions to Honors 
Program Annual Fund, the Jack 
Creasy Memorial Scholarship 
Fund; P.O. Box 842026; 
Richmond, VA 23284-2026. 

Hi Flit 

A pilot's greatest thrill is that 
moment of breaking through the 
cloud cover to CAVU — ceihng 
and visibility unlimited. Dr. 
Nancy NorveU '82MS '85PhD/ 
H&S had only been flying for a 
couple of years, but she had a 
pilot's confidence in CAVU all 
her life. Her dad told her early 
that she could do anything — play 




right field for Atlanta Braves, or 
fly. So, she earned a black belt in 
karate and later earned her MS 
and PhD in clinical psychology at 
VCU. NorveU received her diplo- 
mate in psychology in 1992. She 
was teaching at the University of 
South Florida. She died February' 
10 when the Cessna she was flying 
crashed near Brownsville, Florida. 
She was 36. 

Norvell's students, colleagues 
and clients recognized her joyful 
strength, and she used it to help 
them find it in themselves. "I 
learned to act more confident 
than I feel," she told the St. 
Petersburg Times. "I like to think 
I'm some type of role model. 
Again and again, undergraduates 
cling to someone who has person- 
ahty and seems happy." One of 
her clients said in a story in Hers 
magazine, "She taught me how to 
laugh again." 

A major part of a therapist's 
job is helping people work 
through the dark places in their 
lives, to find the light. This was 
especially true for NorveU. Many 
of her chents in the practice she 
ran with her husband, Tom Boaz, 
were rape victims. As an associate 
professor in law and mental 
health, she specialized in occupa- 
tional stress management and 
stress related to violent crimes. 
She taught social workers and 
corrections officers how to deal 
with stress. She did groundbreak- 
ing research on the effects of the 
1990 GainesvUle murders on the 
community. 

A feminist, NorveU taught a 
women's studies class and coUab- 
orated with women's groups, and 
she had just begun a monthly 



radio program on women's health 
choices. She braved The Citadel, 
Charleston's mUitary coUege, to 
lecture on feminism — and 
laughed to teU the tale. TaUcing to 
the Times, she said the cadets 
defined feminism as "a movement 
that strives to put men down." 
They used words like cold, 
psycho, liberal. "Of course, there, 
that's the worst thing you can 
say," she chuckled. Ultimately, 
she won them over with her 
humor and energy. 

There were dark places in her 
ovm life, of course. Both of her 
parents died when she was in her 
twenties. A couple of days before 
she was kiUed, she had a miscar- 
riage and took a few days off. 
Coworker Pam Gittings is con- 
vinced that when NorveU took the 
plane up, "she was attempting 
something joyful." NorveU never 
lost her trust in the hght. 




Reporter Tony Wassell 
'82BS/MC died in Washington of 
comphcations from acute 
myeloid leukemia on lune 26th, 
m Washington. WasseU had 
written for newspapers through- 
out Northern Virginia, and his 
work was recognized by the 
Virginia Press Association and 
Suburban Newspapers of 
America, including four first- 
place awards for exceUence in 
spot news, business and for his 
creative feature writing. 

WasseU had traveled widely, 
especiaUy in the western United 
States, Europe and the MidcUe 
East. He had recently embarked 
on a freelance career, doing travel 
writing for National Geographic 
Books, Time-Life and Reader's 
Digest. His last project was the 
National Geographic Guide to 
Interstates, published before he 
died. 

WasseU was also a musician 
heard regtdarly in the Washing- 
ton club scene playing guitar 
and bass . 



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The couple lives in Richmond. 

Becky May '93BS/H&S and 
Bruce Strickler '94BS/B were 
married October 8 in Suffolk. 

Jennifer Kay Melton 
'93BS/H&S and Richard Bone 
'93BS/MC were married August 
27 in Troy, VA. 

James Meisner Jr. '93BS/MC 
and Amy Katlieran Rutli 
'92BA/H&S are engaged to be 
married in Coralville, lA. James is 
editor of The Leader, a weekly 
newspaper serving the tri-city 
area. Amy is editor of The 
Goldfinch, an award-winning 
children's history magazine. They 
were featured in "The Flood 
Zone," Shafer Court Connections, 
Spring 1994. 

Marcia Lynn Meredith 
'93BS/MC is account media coor- 
dinator for Stuart Newman 
Associates in Miami Beach, Fl. 

Martin Miller '92BS/MC is 
assistant director of operations 
for Metro Traffic Control in 
Richmond. 

Elizabeth Mollerup '93BS/B 
married Timothy Burroway on 
June 25. Ehzabeth is assistant to 
the director of Alumni Affairs at 
UVA Law Foundation in 
Charlottesville, where the couple 
lives. 

Bobby Mooring '88BS/B is 
safety superintendent at Aqualon 
Plant in HopeweO. Bobby was 
featured in the July 1 1 issue of 
The Progress Index, of Petersburg. 

Serena Moser '92BS/MC is a 
junior account executive for 
WRVA-AM radio. 

Caria Sturzenbecher 
O'Grady '90BS/MC was recendy 
promoted to traffic manager at 
The Martin Agency in Richmond. 

V.IayPaul'93MFAyA,stafi^ 
photographer for Style Weekly in 
Richmond, featured his latest 
work in the August 9 issue. 

Angela Pitt '93BS/MC is pub- 
lications director for Temple 
Beth-El in Richmond. 

Dr. Mary Anne Pugh 
'91PhD/H&S is director of the 
Center for Counseling and Career 
Planning at Randolph-Macon 
College in Ashland, VA. 

George WUmer Robertson Jr. 
'91BS/H&S married Pamela 



Marie Hok, June 25 in Colonial 
Heights, VA. George works for 
CSC in Dewitt, VA where the 
couple resides. 

Suzanne Rossi '92MSW/SW 
married Troy McDonough of 
Warrenton, VA, in September. 
Suzanne works for the 
Department of the Army. 

Robb Spewalc '93BS/MC is 
assistant producer for "Don & 
Mike," a nationally syndicated 
radio show. He is also public 
affairs director for Infinity 
Broadcasting WJFK-FM & AM in 
Washington, DC. 

Stacy Marvin Stevens 
'93BS/A married Vicki Michele 
Whitesell, July 23 in Staunton. 
Stacy works for Howard Johnson. 

Brian Thomasson 
'94BA/H&S began Jaw school at 
the University of Dayton, and 
earned a $5,000 Dean's Merit 
Scholarship for 1994-95. 

Anthony Van Johnson 
'90BA/H&S married Deborah 
Coleman Coward on August 6. 
Anthony recendy graduated from 
Loyola University School of Law. 
The couple lives in Adanta, GA. 

Sean Vincent '92BFA/A com- 
pleted his "Artist-in-Residence" at 
Christ Church Episcopalian 
Private School in Greenville, SC. 
Sean is a fi^eelance illustrator in 
Richmond. 

Staci Anne Warren '92MT/E 
married David Vermeer, July 9 in 
Disputanta, VA. Staci works for 
Chesterfield County Public 
Schools. The couple lives in 
Chester, VA. 

Barry Winebarger'91BS/B 
married Marsha Ann Thome, 
June 4 in Spotsylvania County, 
VA. Barry is an account coordina- 
tor for NEO-DATA in Stafford. 

Jennifer Dawn Wright 
'90BAyH&S married Jeffrey 
Michael Grau of Sandston on 
September 10. Jennifer is assistant 
director of museums at the 
Chesterfield Historical Society. 




No rain, no ants, great dance. After an 
indoor picnic of fried chicken, hush 
puppies and cole slaw, alumni rocked to 
live music from "Leggz." 



MASS COMM 
INK BIG 

It really was "mass communi- 
cations" when 260 alumni 
returned to campus to join 
School of Mass Communica- 
tions faculty on Founders Day 
Weekend. Faculty member 
Jack Haberstroh looked 
happily at the throng in the 
Commonwealth Ballrooms 

and said, "In 12 years, this is the best alumni turnout and the best- 
organized event we've ever had. Interim Director Joyce Dodd and her 

assistant David Benson 
deserve a lot of credit for 
thinking big " 

Since June, Dodd and 
Benson have upgraded alumni 
connections, establishing 
valid addresses for 96 percent 
of Mass Comm grads. The 

School will be asking alumni 
Proud pater. Guest Francrne Broaddus 

meets Charlyne McWiUiams '91BS/MC ^°°" "^^'^^^^^ ^^"^^ *^"' '° ^^ 

and Cheryl Borg BS/MC who return to included in an alumni directon/ 

their alma mater to greet a founding coming out by summer. (And 

father. George Crutchfield directed the ,hose other 4 percent can call 

Mass Comm program for 19 years. . ,„„«, 

' " ' ' in current information to (804) 

828-2660.) 




Obituaries 

1 940s 

Ethel Hitt '46BSW/SW April 
18 at age 93. 

Rosalind Sinclair '48BS/E 

March 13 in Jersey\ille, IE. 

1 950s 

Gerald Nobles '58BFA/A, 

actor-stage manager, died August 
23 in New York of an AIDS- 
related illness. 

1 960s 

Walter Raines '69MS/E in 

Kermit, WV. 

1 970s 

William W. Brown '79BS/E 

in Midlothian, VA. 

Jean Crenshaw '78BS/MC 
September 13, 1989 in Garland, 
TX. 



John Jamieson '74MFA/A 
July 27 at Columbia Hospital, 
Milwaukee, WI. 

Dr. Werner Lowenthal 
'79MEd/E, professor of pharmacy 
from 1961-92 and director of 
continuing education for the 
School of Pharmacy, died 
September 7, of Creutzfeldt-Jakob 
disease. He was 63. He worked to 
incorporate ethics into the 
pharmacy curriculum and was a 
member of the Richmond 
Bioethics Consortium. 

Brian Lurie 74BS/MC 
August 1992 in Owings Mills, 
MD. 

Randolph Taylor '78BS/MC 
March 1993 in Washington, DC, 

1 980s 

Ursula Robertson '89MSW/ 

SW April 28 in Disputanta, VA. 
Judith Vogelbach '81MSW/ 

SW April 12 in Lynchburg, VA. 



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Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 
degree/school 

Schools, Colleges, Divisions 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

B Business 

BH Basic Health Sciences 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M Medicine 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies 

Program/Office of Academic 

Affairs 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Other abbreviations 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of 

Fine Art 
HLD Honorary Doctor of 

Humane Letters 

The Way We Were (from page 2) 
It's Franklin St. Gym at 
Richmond Professional Institute, 
stage 1, built in the early '50s. 
The rest of the gym came when 
the rest of the money was appro- 
priated in 1956. 



PAYING OUR WAY 

VCU alumni have given 
generously to the university in 
many ways, and we thank you 
for your support. Your VCU 
Alumni Association dues have 
helped build the Alumni Board 
Room in the University 
Commons. They support school 
events and programs for alumni 
and students. In the years 
ahead, alumni programs and 
services, including Shafer Court 
Connections, must become 
self-sufficient We have to begin 
paying our way. 

Dues are the foundation of 
an independent, productive 
alumni association. Active 
members of VCUAA pay annual 
dues of $20 for a single 
membership and $30 for a 
couple. Renewal reminders are 
mailed to all members each 
year on the anniversary of their 
original membership. 

Association membership 
offers you a number of services 
and benefits, including 
discounts at both university 
bookstores, use of VCU's 
Thalhimer tennis courts, 
discounts on VCU Libraries' 
fees, and discounts at five 
hotels in the Richmond area. 
Soon, members will have 
special access to VCU Outing 
Center rentals and tours. 

We have introduced several 
new services this year, 
including a credit card program, 
a discounted long distance 
telephone service and an 
Insurance program. And 
members will soon be eligible 
for group major medical 
insurance coverage 

The African-American 
Alumni Council (AAAC), 
celebrating its fifth year of 
activity under the VCUAA 
umbrella, has developed a 
membership program that 
supplements its work for 
minority students. Annual dues 
arQ $30 for single membership 
and $40 for a couple, which 
entitles alumni to dual 
membership in the AAAC and 
the VCU Alumni Assciation. 



SPECIAL SERVICES FOR VCU ALUMNI 

Find services you need at high vahie. 

Demonstrate pride and partnership in VCU. 

Protect your privacy. 

You shop for value and quality. When VCUAA does the shopping for 
all 90,000 alumni, we look for the same things you do. We think these 
are services you can really use, as you support VCU. 

CREDIT CARD. With First Union Bank, VCUAA offers a special 
VISA card with a low interest rate pegged at 5.9% above prime. While 
many cards offer an extremely low introductory rate, the VCU Card 
offers one of the lowest long-term rates In the industr/. First Union 
Bank has a reputation for prompt, accurate, courteous service. The 
card features the new VCU MARK, so you can display your VCU pride 
every time you use it. 
For information or sign-up, call (800) 359-3862. 

LDDS LONG DISTANCE CALLING C A R D . The LDDS 
long distance calling program offers very low calling rates, simple 
rates without gimmicks, and features that are excellent for business 
or personal use. No phone solicitation or high-pressure techniques 
The card is easy to use and the service outstanding. 
For information or sign-up, call (800) SERVICE 

INSURANCE. In the current economic climate, many alumni find 
themselves without insurance protection. VCUAA is assembling a 
comprehensive package of group plans to fit any need from short- 
term emergencies to long-term stability. 

Gradmed Short-term (60-180 days) major medical policy is offered 
to graduating seniors, but can provide comprehensive major medical 
protection for most alumni. It can fill the gap between graduation and 
employee medical coverage, or emergency loss of protection 

Term Life is offered for nine months free to new graduates and as 
a paid policy to all alumni. We chose term life for its low cost and 
flexibility to meet the changing circumstances facing many alumni. 

Comprehensive Major Medical and Supplemental Major Medical 
will be available very soon. These are long-term policies designed for 
alumni groups. Rates are very competitive, rate increases have been 
below the industry average, and acceptance rate for applicants is near 
90 percent. These are superior group medical plans for the growing 
number of alumni confronting the trend to reduce or eliminate 
medical coverage as an employee benefit. 

For information or enrollment in VCUAA insurance, call (800) 
922-1245. 



Wanted! VCU Alumni to share 
their VCU experiences with 
prospective students and to 
help the Admissions Office 
recruit them. Here's how you 
can help. 

* Send Admissions the names 
and addresses of interested 
high school students 

* Volunteer to represent VCU 
at a college fair in your 
hometown. 

For more information or to 
send prospective student data, 
contact; Delores Taylor, 
Associate Director of 
Admissions; P.O. Box 842526; 
821 West Franklin St.; 
Richmond, VA 23284-2526. Call 
(804) 828-1 190; fax; (804) 828- 
1899. Or call our 800 number; 
(800) 841-3638 

CEL[BIIATION 
FOmiFE! 

The Medical College of Virginia 
Hospitals Auxiliary will host a 
gala "Celebration for Life!" at 
the Richmond Marriott on 
March 1 1,1995 at 7 p.m. There 
will be an elegant dinner and 
dynamic entertainment by New 
York's "Le Masquerade." This 
year's gala benefits the Hospital 
Hospitality House, Oncology 
Rehabilitation and the Child Life 
Program. We are also pleased 
to announce that Governor and 
Mrs George Allen are Honorary 
Chairs of the event. Single 
tickets are $87.50; $1 75 per 
couple. 



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Need a job? Have a job, need an employee? The University Career Center can help you both 

At any given time, hundreds of VCU seniors and alumni are in the Career Center Network database. Once 

registered, they can call our 24-hour job hotline to hear current jobs that match their career and geographic 

interests. Employers can contact us for resumes on the network in their field. In any given month, the Career 

Center posts more than 5,000 job opportunities in accounting, computer programming, education, sales, and 

other fields — many of them on the job line. 

Employers find quality employees among alumni. Alumni job seekers add to their employer contacts And 

this service is free to VCU alumni. 
So, connect at the Center. 

Employers, call (804) 828-1645; fax; (804) 828-2060 or email; swalker@cabell.vcu edu 
Job seekers, register your resume on a preformatted disk (IBM compatible). Alumni in area zip codes 23000- 

23299 can pick up a disk at the University Career Center, Room 130 of the Student Commons at 907 Floyd Ave. 

from 8a.m.-6p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 8a.m.-4;30p.m. FrI. No charge. 

Alumni in other zips may write for a disk to VCU Alumni Activities, P.O Box 843044; 310 N Shafer St , 

Richmond VA 23284-3044. Include a $2.50 check made out to VCU Alumni Activities for postage and handling. 

Return the completed disk to the University Career Center, P.O. Box 842007. Career Center phone is (804) 

828-1645. 



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